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Cyril Ramaphosa Wins A.N.C. Leadership Battle in South Africa

The wealthy businessman and former Mandela protégé is now in position to succeed Jacob Zuma as president of the country.

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Jerusalem at Center of Diplomatic Face-Off at U.N. Security Council

Almost two weeks after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Egypt drafted a resolution reiterating that the city’s status is to be resolved by Israel and the Palestinians.

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Former Fox News contributor: Fox will sue me for speaking out

Former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder says "abusive behavior" at Fox News and "silencing" by 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch ruined her life after speaking out against sexual harassment.

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Internet giants told: Accept cyber curbs to be welcome in China

GENEVA (Reuters) - Google and Facebook will have to accept China's censorship and tough online laws if they want access to its 751 million internet users, Chinese regulators told a conference in Geneva on Monday.

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Trump's Jerusalem decision roils Pence's Middle East trip

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News Analysis: Champion of the ‘Little Guy’? Trump’s Actions Tell Another Story

Instead of tearing down the establishment, President Trump’s critics say, he has helped prop it up through the tax bill, the “net neutrality” reversal and other steps.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How Republicans Learned to Sell Tax Cuts for the Rich

The party’s tax strategy has roots in the populist tradition — but the G.O.P. uses it on behalf of the rich, not the poor.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Actually, Egypt Is a Terrible Ally

The United States needs to face reality: Egypt is neither important nor helpful.

Transgender and Transsexuals nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trump, the C.D.C. and the Peek-a-Boo Doctrine

The administration seems to believe that if researchers can’t say “transgender,” then transgender Americans don’t exist.

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Trump in strategy document to cite China, Russia as competitors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will declare that China and Russia are competitors seeking to challenge U.S. power and erode its security and prosperity, in a national security strategy he will lay out in a speech on Monday.

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Bombardier, CRRC JV win $271 mln contract to build monorail in China

SHANGHAI, Dec 18 (Reuters) - A joint venture between Bombardier Inc and China's CRRC Corp Ltd has won a 1.79 billion yuan ($270.76 million) contract to build a monorail line for a Chinese city, the Canadian transport giant said on Monday.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Trump National Security Strategy Sees U.S. Confronting China and Russia

The strategy the president plans to outline Monday is at odds with his often-warm relations with the leaders of China and Russia.

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BRIEF-Bombardier's Says Chinese JV Wins Its First Monorail Contract In China

* CHINESE JOINT VENTURE WINS ITS FIRST MONORAIL CONTRACT IN CHINA

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PetroChina trading chief to take on global rivals in major expansion drive -sources

BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) - PetroChina's oil and gas trading arm aims to buy petrol stations and fuel storage facilities, setting up business in West Africa, Brazil and Pakistan in a major global expansion aimed at taking on international rivals, according to three senior oil industry executives briefed on the plans.

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China defends trade with U.S. as Trump set to brand it a competitor

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Monday defended trade with the United States as a win-win scenario ahead of a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump laying out a new national security strategy that makes clear that China is a competitor.

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UPDATE 2-China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 mln in online retailer Vipshop

* Tencent will have right to appoint one director to Vipshop board (Adds size of JD.com's stake prior to latest investment)

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Asian shares rise on U.S. tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill this week, while Chinese stocks were soggy on concerns about liquidity and tighter regulations in the world's second largest economy.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise on US tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill this week, while Chinese stocks were soggy on concerns about liquidity and tighter regulations in the world's second largest economy.

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UPDATE 1-China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 mln in online retailer Vipshop

* Tencent will have right to appoint one director to Vipshop board (Adds context, analyst comment)

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China to roll out nationwide scheme to make polluters repair damage, pay compensation: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to roll out nationwide by 2020 a system that forces polluters to repair damage to the environment or pay compensation, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Sunday.

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Asian shares rise amid U.S. tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while Chinese stocks were soggy after the country's central bank raised interest rates.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise amid US tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while Chinese stocks were soggy after the country's central bank raised interest rates.

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Op-Ed Columnist: A Tax Plan to Turbocharge Inequality, in 3 Charts

Tax cuts that mainly benefit the wealthy and spending cuts that mostly hit everyone else will only widen the gap.

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China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 million in online retailer Vipshop

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese social media firm Tencent Holdings Ltd and e-commerce platform JD.com Inc on Monday said they will jointly invest $863 million in Chinese discount online retailer Vipshop Holdings Ltd .

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China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 mln in online retailer Vipshop

BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Chinese social media firm Tencent Holdings Ltd and e-commerce platform JD.com Inc on Monday said they will jointly invest $863 million in Chinese discount online retailer Vipshop Holdings Ltd .

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

E.P.A. Employees Spoke Out. Then Came Scrutiny of Their Email.

A Republican research group has requested the emails of E.P.A. employees critical of the agency. Now the E.P.A. has hired an affiliated company.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Omarosa, Sacking of a Sellout

Few will mourn her departure, and now she’s on a warpath.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

John McCain, Fighting Brain Cancer, Likely to Miss Vote on Tax Overhaul

President Trump, who indicated that Mr. McCain was returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized, said the senator would come back if his vote was needed.

Federal Budget (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Warren and Sanders: Who Is Congress Really Serving?

The Republican tax bill is a travesty. But there‘s still plenty we can do to improve the daily lives of millions of Americans.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Can the International Criminal Court Be Saved From Itself?

The I.C.C. is strictly symbolic. It might redeem itself by taking up the abuse migrants suffer on their way to Europe.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Chile Votes in Bitterly Divisive Presidential Election

Voters will decide whether to build on President Michelle Bachelet’s agenda or give power to a right-wing billionaire and former president.

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Second prototype of China's C919 jet conducts test flight: state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - A second prototype of China's home-built C919 passenger jet took off for a test flight in Shanghai on Sunday, state television reported, another step forward in the country's ambitions to muscle in to the global jet market.

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China unveils 2017-2021 winter clean heating plan: media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China announced on Sunday a five-year plan to convert northern Chinese cities to clean heating during the winter through 2021, state media reported, amid a deepening heating crisis.

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Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town

GWADAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy.

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Trump to say in security speech that China is competitor: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out a new U.S. national security strategy on Monday based on his "America First" policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior U.S. officials said on Saturday.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Bringing Down Our Monsters

As assailants in Hollywood, media and politics fall, will the Harasser in Chief elude the posse of women lawmakers giving chase?

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: A War Trump Won

The defeat of the Islamic State is part of a surprisingly effective Middle East approach.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Are You Old? Infirm? Then Kindly Disappear

Nancy Root opened my eyes to the dismissive way we treat too many people. Maybe she can open yours.

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Jacob Zuma Prepares to Depart a Diminished A.N.C.

South Africa’s African National Congress was once a symbol of hope. As it chooses a new leader, what has happened to Nelson Mandela’s legacy?

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Administration Adds Restrictions for Visa-Waiver Countries

Countries whose citizens can visit the United States without a visa must step up their information sharing and put in effect other security measurements, American officials said.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Gift-Giving Tips From Scientists

No matter how terrible the present, remember to wrap it nicely.

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Omarosa and the African-American community

Omarosa Manigault Newman's discussion of race is hitting a nerve in the African-American community, where many say she did not represent them. CNN's Randi Kaye takes a closer look at her White House legacy.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Alabama’s Unlikely Rebel

Senator Richard Shelby’s line in the sand extends from George Wallace to Roy Moore.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Real Russia Scandal

It’s not just what they did to us. It’s our leader’s sympathy with a dictator.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Democrats Could Claim a New American Majority. Will They?

The unlikely Senate win in Alabama showed the path to victory across the country.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

As a Must-Pass Republican Tax Bill Headed for the Finish Line, Rubio Saw an Opening

On Thursday, Marco Rubio took a stand: He threatened to vote no unless House and Senate negotiators expanded the child tax credit.

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A Middle-Class Tax Cut? Americans Aren’t Buying It

A poll finds that Americans don’t expect their own taxes to decline next year and doubt that the Republican plan will raise wages or economic growth.

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BRIEF-American Lorain Says Has Regained Compliance With Requirements For Continued Listing On NYSE American

* AMERICAN LORAIN CORPORATION HAS REGAINED COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUED LISTING ON THE NYSE AMERICAN Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Pence trip to Middle East overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will underscore the U.S. partnership with Israel during a trip to the Middle East next week while seeking to shore up U.S. relations with the Arab world after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Russell Simmons, R. Kelly, and Why Black Women Can’t Say #MeToo

When your community fights for the people who terrorized you, it means your pain is not a priority.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to the F.C.C.’s Vote on Net Neutrality Rules

Writers from across the political spectrum on the vote Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle Obama-era rules on net neutrality.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

G.O.P. Establishment Declares Open Season on a Weakened Bannon

Roy S. Moore’s loss in Alabama has stirred up fresh worry that Republicans are again descending again into Tea Party-type spasms of self-defeating rage.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

House Intelligence Panel Is Rushing to Complete Russia Probe

With key interviews shoehorned into next week before the holiday break, the House Intelligence Committee appears to be rushing its Russia probe to an end.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

At E.U. Meeting, a Hobbled Merkel and a Stalled Agenda

After inconclusive elections in September, Germany may not have a government until March. Until then, Brussels and President Emmanuel Macron of France have to wait for real decisions.

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BRIEF-American Express reports card member loans stats for November

* AMERICAN EXPRESS-USCS CARD MEMBER LOANS NET WRITE-OFF RATE – PRINCIPAL ONLY 1.9 PERCENT AT NOV END VERSUS 1.8 PERCENT AT OCT END

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

With Concession to Rubio on Child Credit, G.O.P. Is Set to Release Compromise Tax Plan

Republican lawmakers have agreed to expand the child care tax credit so that it benefits more low-income Americans, a move intended to win back the support of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

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BRIEF-China Biologic Receives Operating Permit For New Collection Facility In Ju County In Shandong Province

* CHINA BIOLOGIC RECEIVES OPERATING PERMIT FOR NEW COLLECTION FACILITY IN JU COUNTY IN SHANDONG PROVINCE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Op-Ed Contributor: Cashing Out From the Climate Casino

The world’s financial community is finally rousing itself in the fight against global warming.

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BRIEF-China Finance Online And China Investment Securities Sign Strategic Cooperation

* CHINA FINANCE ONLINE AND CHINA INVESTMENT SECURITIES SIGN STRATEGIC COOPERATION TO DEVELOP INTELLIGENT FINANCE TECHNOLOGY TO EMPOWER INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES

War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Is This Genocide?

Survivors describe Myanmar soldiers killing men, raping women and burning babies in a Rohingya village.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What’s Stifling Pay Raises Is Also Curbing Economic Growth

As productivity growth lags, living standards for American workers do, too.

Children and Childhood nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Deserving Rich and the Deserving Poor

Americans are a generous people, but our generosity comes with moral judgments.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Can Black Voters Turn the South Blue?

Doug Jones’ victory shows the importance of investing in African-American turnout.

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Beijing spared as smog triggers curbs on factories across northern China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Smog warnings across northern China have forced authorities to order factories to reduce output, construction sites to slow work, and the enforcement of limits on the use of diesel-fueled vehicles on Thursday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

With Billions at Stake in Tax Debate, Lobbyists Played Hardball

The rapid pace of the tax bill moving through Congress left lobbyists with little time and few lawmakers to press for changes in the $1.5 trillion overhaul.

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Exclusive: China's CNPC weighs taking over Iran project if Total leaves - sources

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China's top oil and gas company CNPC is considering taking over Total's stake in a giant Iranian gas project if the French company leaves Iran to comply with any new U.S. sanctions, industry sources said.

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CORRECTED-METALS-Copper, aluminium top Shanghai gainers on China data

SYDNEY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Copper and aluminium led gainers in Shanghai base metals futures on Friday, helped by overnight increases in the London market on the back of upbeat China manufacturing data.

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Sea change: LNG tankers divert to China as winter gas shortage bites

* China's LNG demand soars as households switch to gas for heating

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UPDATE 1-China regulators start antitrust review of Toshiba chip unit sale -report

* Formal anti-trust review process in China can take 180 days

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METALS-Copper, aluminium top Shanghai gainers on China data

SYDNEY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Copper and aluminium led gainers in Shanghai base metals futures on Friday, helped by overnight increases in the London market on the back of upbeat China manufacturing data.

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Omarosa was only African-American earning the top White House salary

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a senior staffer who recently departed the White House and the only African-American drawing a top salary, said Thursday the "lack of diversity" was a challenge she grappled with.

Gun Control nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How to Get Rid of a Gun

Not everyone wants to keep their firearms.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The G.O.P.’s Legislative Lemons

It’s not just the tax cut or A.C.A. repeal: If the public opposes a law, you can bet the Republicans support it. Why?

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Glory of Democracy

Thomas Mann lays down some truth.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Republicans Despise the Working Class

Unless you own a business or live off assets, you’re a second-class citizen in their eyes.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: With New Focus on Sexual Misconduct, Democrats Take Aim at Trump

After purging some from their ranks, Democrats are intensifying a push to investigate the president over accusations of harassment and abuse.

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Brazil's Petrobras receives $3 billion in China Development Bank loan

SAO PAULO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA on Thursday received $3 billion under a $5 billion loan from China Development Bank, the company said in a securities filing.

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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday.

Jews and Judaism nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism

Protesters call for an intifada and promise to “shoot the Jews.”

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Op-Ed Contributor: Designing for Access

A new exhibition shows how design and technology can transform lives. But bringing empathy to the marketplace is a challenge.

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'Great American Baking Show' pulled amid Johnny Iuzzini allegations

ABC has pulled "The Great American Baking Show" after one of the show's judges was accused of sexual misconduct.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What if You Couldn’t Access This Page?

This nightmare internet scenario is at our digital doorstep.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans Prepare for Final Rollout of Tax Bill

As Republicans prepared to roll out their final $1.5 trillion tax plan questions continued to loom about how the last-minute changes would be paid for.

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Crime data in Native American tribal lands 'virtually useless': watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department does not adequately collect or use crime statistics from Native American tribes, a problem that has left the department with stale and "virtually useless" crime data, according to a new internal watchdog report released on Thursday.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What Omarosa Did Best: Get Fired

Donald Trump has now axed her four times: once on “The Apprentice,” twice on “The Celebrity Apprentice” and again on Tuesday evening.

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Pence delays Middle East trip in case needed for U.S. tax vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will delay an upcoming Middle East trip by a few days in case a tie-breaking vote is needed from him for tax cut legislation in Congress, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump, Champion of Women. (No, Really.)

On his watch, female politicians with White House ambitions are rising.

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Pence delays Middle East trip in case vote needed on tax legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence will delay an upcoming Middle East trip by a couple of days in case a tie-breaking vote is needed from him for tax cut legislation in Congress, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

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Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Christmas holiday in their largest numbers on record, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy group said on Thursday.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Books News: From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation

In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.

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China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

BEIJING (Reuters) - War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict.

Nuclear Tests nytimes.com

South Korea’s Leader, Meeting Xi Jinping, Seeks ‘New Start’ With China

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea was working to end an unofficial trade war over his country’s antimissile system.

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METALS-Copper near two-week high, China data supports

* GRAPHIC-2017 asset returns: http://tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl (Recasts, updates prices, changes dateline, adds details/quote)

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ADB approves $506 mln loan to improve air quality in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Asian Development Bank [ADB.UL] (ADB) approved a third loan, worth 428 million euros ($506 million), to help improve air quality in China's smoggiest region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, it said in a statement on Thursday.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Democrats Are Walking Into a Trumpian Trap

In politics, the wealth effect usually beats the yuck factor.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Politics of #HimToo

The Democratic Party has taken a very clear stand on sexual misconduct, setting its sights on President Trump.

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UPDATE 2-South Korea's Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

* Charm offensive includes K-Pop and TV stars (Adds memorandum on trade agreement)

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The tax plan's benefits will likely take years to unfurl, are too small to enrich most Americans and may deepen inequality and fan resentment

In decades to come, people will talk about the Trump tax cuts as they now reminisce over the Reagan, Bush and Kennedy giveaways.

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China angered as U.S. considers navy visits to Taiwan

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Thursday of interfering in its internal affairs and said it had lodged a complaint after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law an act laying the groundwork for possible U.S. navy visits to self-ruled Taiwan.

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China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China summoned Australia's ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberra's allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

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RPT-UPDATE 2-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

HONG KONG, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Chinese consumer lending firm Lexinfintech has slashed the size of its U.S. initial public offering by two-thirds to a maximum possible $151.8 million, following a recent crackdown by Beijing on fast-growing online micro-lenders.

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UPDATE 2-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

* Beijing has targeted online micro-lenders with new rules (Adds graphics, crackdown's impact on shares of rivals)

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China's industrial heartland struggles in Beijing's fight against smog

SHIJIAZHUANG, China (Reuters) - Severe natural gas shortages are hitting businesses and residents across China's industrial heartland as an unprecedented government effort to clean up an environment devastated by decades of unbridled growth backfires.

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Vivienne Tam scales fashion peaks with China Chic

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of us are fortunate to find a calling in life early on, and for Vivienne Tam it was literally by design.

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UPDATE 1-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

* Beijing targeted online micro-lenders with new rules this month (Adds company response, background on firm and industry)

Newspapers nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Legacy of Simeon Booker, a Pioneer of Civil Rights Journalism

My uncle’s experience reporting on the Freedom Riders in 1961 has always chilled me the deepest.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump’s E.P.A. Chemical Safety Nominee Withdraws

The nominee, Michael L. Dourson, had faced criticism on several fronts for his ties to the chemical industry.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump’s Gift to Women

His conduct has spurred women to action.

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South Korea's Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

SEOUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will unveil an array of TV talent and K-Pop celebrities at events, including a state dinner, in China on Thursday as he attempts to smooth out a year of difficult diplomacy with a star-laden charm offensive.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Alabama Loss Exposes Republican Fissures Amid a Democratic Surge

With the Republican majority in the Senate now reduced to a single seat, the party’s establishment is uneasy about what the populist wing could do in next year’s primary races.

United States Economy nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Global Economy Is Partying Like It’s 2008

The factors that caused the Great Recession are at play again today.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Omen of Alabama

The Resistance has its own Southern Strategy.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump’s Shameless Slur Against Kirsten Gillibrand

His smear on Twitter insinuates that women succeed only if they trade on their sexuality, not because they are smart, savvy or resourceful.

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Salma Hayek recalls Harvey Weinstein 'fury' on 'Frida' set in op-ed

Salma Hayek is breaking her silence about Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed in which the star details sexual harassment and abusive behavior on the set of "Frida."

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BRIEF-General American Investors Announces Actions Taken By Board

* GENERAL AMERICAN INVESTORS COMPANY ANNOUNCES ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Black Voters to Democrats: You’re Welcome

If they want to win more elections, they need to integrate black voters into the heart and soul of the party.

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Apple is backing up AirPods with American jobs

Apple is investing millions of dollars into products such as AirPods and FaceID that could help fuel job creation in the U.S.

Voting and Voters nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Scam I Am: Why is the G.O.P. Rushing This Tax Abomination?

It’s bad politics as well as bad policy, but Republicans either don’t get that or don’t care

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Exclusive: Ford to base Fusion production in China, ship to U.S. - sources

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to consolidate global production of midsize sedans in China in 2020 and ship them to the United States and Europe, three sources said on Wednesday.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Donald Trump Did It

We need investigations. But we already know the truth about what our president thinks about women.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to Roy Moore’s Defeat in Alabama

Writers from across the political spectrum on the victory of Doug Jones and the defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Democrats: McConnell Must ‘Hit the Pause Button’ on Tax Vote

Buoyed by their upset victory in the Alabama Senate Race, Democrats are calling for a delay on the tax vote until Senator-Elect Doug Jones is sworn in.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans’ Tax Bill Nearing the Finish Line

A public hearing of the conference committee on Wednesday will be largely a show given that Republican lawmakers are close to a final deal on the $1.5 trillion tax bill.

Moore, Roy S nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Is Trump Driving Young Republicans Out of the Party?

The results in Alabama might offer a warning for the future of the G.O.P.

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UPDATE 1-China's HNA says U.S lawsuit over failed deal 'baseless'

HONG KONG, Dec 13 (Reuters) - China's HNA Group said on Wednesday a U.S. lawsuit against the company and its Beijing-based unit Pactera Technology International Ltd over a failed acquisition was "baseless and without merit".

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

China Names and Shames Tech Tycoon With Debt Blacklist

The ambitious head of an embattled tech company is the latest casualty of China’s efforts to rein in irresponsible borrowing through public humiliation.

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BRIEF-Plains All American Pipeline Announces Open Season For Permian Basin To Corpus Christi Pipeline

* PLAINS ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE ANNOUNCES OPEN SEASON FOR PERMIAN BASIN TO CORPUS CHRISTI PIPELINE

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Roy Moore Is Staying Home

And Republicans will be in an even bigger hurry to pass their tax plan.

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Rubio: How US, Asian democracies can counter China

America is reaffirming its commitment to securing a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, China's increasingly assertive rise and other challenges. India and Japan, two of our key partners, have increased their security cooperation in response to regional challenges. But Washington must do more to support them and expand the involvement of Australia and other Asian democracies.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump: ‘I Said Roy Moore Will Not Be Able to Win’ in Alabama

President Trump, never one to accept blame, may look for a scapegoat for his failure to lift Mr. Moore to victory in Alabama.

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The evolution of the American family

Eighty photographs spanning 150 years chronicle the evolution of the American family in a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. The concept is explored in its broadest form, from the families we're born in to the ones we've chosen, with a wide range of relationships and structures.

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Rights group criticizes China for mass DNA collection in Xinjiang

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have collected DNA and other biometric data from the whole population of the volatile western region of Xinjiang, Human Right Watch said on Wednesday, denouncing the campaign as a gross violation of international norms.

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China's HNA says U.S lawsuit over failed deal 'baseless'

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's HNA Group [HNAIRC.UL] said on Wednesday a U.S. lawsuit against the company and its Beijing-based unit Pactera Technology International Ltd over a failed acquisition was "baseless and without merit".

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: A G.O.P. Tragedy in Four Acts

Republicans embraced Trump, Moore and post-ethics politics. In defeat, they are officially post-shame.

Germany nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: In Trump World, the Need for Disobedience

When immense power is in erratic hands, the readiness of subordinates to disobey becomes critical. Even a dog knows that.

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South Korean firms flock to Beijing hoping summit will hasten thaw with China

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hoping a thaw in relations with China will reopen opportunities after a diplomatic spat earlier this year cost many of them business, some 300 South Korean executives joined President Moon Jae-in for the start of his four-day trip to China on Wednesday.

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As China gas crisis deepens, factories, homes lose supply

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The southern Chinese province of Hunan has warned of natural gas shortages, an official said on Wednesday, as producers rush to divert fuel to heat northern homes with temperatures plummeting and factories across the country losing supplies of the fuel.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Text Messages in Hand, Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias

A chorus of Republicans, including some party mainstays, are questioning the impartiality of the Justice Department and F.B.I. to discredit the Trump investigation.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Talk: Pete Souza Didn’t Miss a Thing

The former White House photographer on traveling with President Obama and whether he trolls Trump on Instagram.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Key Takeaways From Doug Jones’s Alabama Victory

The defeat of Roy S. Moore, the Republican, in Alabama’s Senate election contains some worrying signs for the party as it heads into the 2018 midterms.

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China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi low key

BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the main public remarks to another senior official.

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Google to open artificial intelligence center in China

Moore, Roy S nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Alabama Says No to Trump’s Tribalism

This was a real sign of health.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump and Bannon Can’t Save the Day

The president and the populist badly botched their attempt to put Roy Moore over the top.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: As Goes Moore, So Goes Trumpism

A defeat in Alabama should inspire a course correction in the White House — but it won’t.

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China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi silent

BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the public remarks to another senior official.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Video and Full Transcript: Roy Moore, Refusing to Concede, Addresses Supporters on Election Night

Roy S. Moore, the Republican candidate in the Senate race in Alabama, addressed his supporters on Tuesday night after the election was called for his opponent, Doug Jones.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

The country keeps two million streetlights on overnight, generating profits for utilities and politicians at a cost for consumers and the environment.

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Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment.

Moore, Roy S nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Thank Heaven for . . . Alabama?

If this deep-red state isn’t beyond redemption, then America isn’t, either.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: Roy Moore Loses, Sanity Reigns

Doug Jones strikes a blow against Donald Trump and for morality in American politics.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race

Doug Jones, a former prosecutor, defeated scandal-scarred Roy S. Moore for the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China

BEIJING, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country's local talent, even as the U.S. search firm's products remain blocked in the country.

Hanukkah nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Lighting Hanukkah Candles Under the Swastika’s Shadow

Tonight a menorah that began its life in Nazi Germany will be lit in Israel.

Christmas nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: My Favorite Holiday Movie Involves a Giant Rabbit

If the season means anything at all, it’s about believing in things we cannot actually see.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

‘Fake News,’ Trump’s Obsession, Is Now a Cudgel for Strongmen

Leaders who don’t like to be criticized or investigated have embraced the term. Scholars fear that it further erodes trust in democracy.

Courts and the Judiciary nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Law Schools Should Protect Students From Judges Like Alex Kozinski

Professors should refuse to send students to a problematic judge and publicly explain why.

Education (K-12) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How the Tax Bill Hurts the Poorest Schools

Congressional Republicans are going to make it more difficult for states to address inequality in public education.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans Nearing Agreement on Final Tax Bill

Senator John Cornyn said a deal to reconcile the House and Senate tax bills could be reached on Tuesday.

Civil Rights and Liberties nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: In Mississippi’s Museum Openings, a Victory for ‘Local People’

The story about the opening of the museums is also the story of the civil rights movement.

Taxation nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: What Happens if the Tax Bill Is a Revenue Disaster?

Market response may be muted; the big impact may be political.

Wildfires nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?

Michael Kodas’s “Megafire” and Edward Struzik’s “Firestorm” analyse the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Voter Fraud in Alabama

Also: More on Susan Collins’s mistake.

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China warns against livestreaming after 'rooftopper' falls to death

BEIJING (Reuters) - A young Chinese climbing enthusiast's fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 "rooftopping" dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming.

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BRIEF-Tapimmune Announces Enrollment Of First Patient In Phase 2 Clinical Trial For Treating Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

* TAPIMMUNE ANNOUNCES ENROLLMENT OF FIRST PATIENT IN PHASE 2 CLINICAL TRIAL FOR TREATING TRIPLE-NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER FUNDED BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Colleges and Universities nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Chinese and Studying in America

The determination and perseverance that have made Chinese students winners at home can deepen their sense of frustration abroad.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks hit by Fed, China policy-tightening nerves

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Emerging equities fell on Tuesday after two days of strong gains as markets looked to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and potential policy tightening in China, though a rise in the oil price to mid-2015 highs underpinned energy producers.

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South China chemical producer halts ammonia output as gas crisis deepens

BEIJING (Reuters) - A major Chinese chemical producer based in the southern province of Yunnan said it has halted production of synthetic ammonia and urea due to natural gas shortages as China's winter heating crisis deepens.

Ports nytimes.com

Sri Lanka, Struggling With Debt, Hands a Major Port to China

With many countries owing China for “One Belt, One Road” projects, some critics said Sri Lanka was setting a dangerous precedent of signing over territory.

Layoffs and Job Reductions nytimes.com

DealBook: More American Jobs? Broadcom Deal Might Mean the Opposite

President Trump hailed Broadcom’s decision to bring its headquarters to the United States, but if its takeover bid for Qualcomm goes through, it may cost jobs.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to the Alabama Senate Candidacy of Roy Moore

Writers from across the political spectrum on the contentious Senate race in Alabama.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Australian Lawmaker Quits Amid Questions Over China Ties

Sam Dastyari, a Labor Party member, faced accusations that he pushed policies favorable to China after accepting money from Chinese-born political donors.

Economic Conditions and Trends nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Jacob Zuma and the Theft of South Africa

The A.N.C. needs to move away from the president’s corrupt politics and look for solutions not based on crude nationalism and racial essentialism.

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RPT-UPDATE 2-China's growth objectives clash with financial stability goal - IMF

* IMF releases report on stability of China's financial system

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REFILE-Amazon's cloud unit expands in China, with new partner in Ningxia

BEIJING, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it was expanding its cloud computing business in China with a new local partner, aiming to win share in an increasingly crowded and highly regulated market.

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Amazon's cloud unit expands in China, with new partner in Ningxia

BEIJING (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it was expanding its cloud computing business in China with a new local partner, aiming to win share in an increasingly crowded and highly regulated market.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The White Supremacy Caucus

Roy Moore, Donald Trump and Republican racism

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South Korea's Moon, China's Xi to talk North Korea, trade in Beijing summit

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions will top South Korean President Moon Jae-in's agenda in Beijing during a visit this week aimed at breaking the ice after a furious row with China over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

Social Conditions and Trends nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: What’s Wrong With Radicalism

Today’s radicalism is unusual. For starters, we have radical anger without radical policies.

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U.S. company sues China's HNA over deal, cites opaque ownership

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Ness Technologies S.A.R.L., a U.S. software engineering company, has sued Chinese conglomerate HNA Group accusing it of failing to adequately answer questions about its ownership in a U.S. review of takeovers by foreign companies, thereby causing their $325 million deal to fail.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Texas Congressman Runs What Aides Call a Hostile Workplace

Representative Blake Farenthold, the subject of an ethics investigation, set the tone for off-color jokes and inappropriate banter, legal documents and interviews with former aides suggest.

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China video game craze drives booming e-sports market

WUHU, China/SHANGHAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - In an industrial park on the edge of Shanghai, a dozen Chinese teenagers are taking a break from battling digital armies to focus on their yoga.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Mnuchin’s Magical Math on Taxes

Pressed to prove that a tax cut for the rich can pay for itself, the Treasury relies on growth “models” with no basis in reality.

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Prominent Australian opposition lawmaker quits over claims of China links

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Prominent Australian opposition Senator Sam Dastyari said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese-aligned interests in Australia.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit

Congress needs a new process for investigating harassment complaints and disciplining offenders.

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UPDATE 1-China's Tencent plans retail push with Yonghui Superstores stake

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to buy a 5 percent stake in Yonghui Superstores Co Ltd, the department store operator said on Monday, in the latest push by China's internet giants into offline retail.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Steve Mnuchin Pulls a Paul Ryan

A Treasury report on tax cuts that’s a sick joke, but very much in the modern G.O.P. tradition.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, the Truth Still Matters

Donald Trump has turned “fake news” into a battle cry to attack reporting critical of him, spawning a difficult debate in newsrooms.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Several Women Repeat Accusations of Sexual Misconduct by Trump

The women said they hoped to be taken more seriously after a torrent of allegations that have toppled the careers of men in the news media, business and politics.

Industrial Espionage nytimes.com

Germany Accuses of China of Using LinkedIn to Recruit Informants

A top German intelligence agency said that more than its 10,000 citizens were targeted, including lawmakers and government employees.

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Trump starts process of sending Americans back to moon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

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Nearly half of Americans still oppose Republican tax bill: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Republicans in the U.S. Congress rush to finish their tax plan, the legislation is not getting more popular with the public, with nearly half of Americans still opposed to it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

Mueller, Robert S III nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Team Trump Needs to Lay Off the Mueller Probe

If it goes to the question of impeachment, Congress will need help.

Terrorism nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Iranian Terror. Argentinian Cover Up. Justice at Last?

Our friend Alberto Nisman was killed for trying to expose the truth behind a Buenos Aires bombing. His work is finally being vindicated.

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Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

Refugees and Displaced Persons nytimes.com

Fearing the Worst, China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border

A Chinese county has a blueprint in place if a crisis in North Korea results in thousands of refugees crossing the border.

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China's graft watchdog warns officials over 'concealed' extravagance

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials trying to hide dishonest spending with tricks such as throwing extravagant parties in private will be targeted in a sustained campaign to root out hedonism, the top anti-graft watchdog said on Monday.

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BRIEF-American Water Announces 2018 Earnings Guidance

* AMERICAN WATER WORKS COMPANY - ‍INVESTING $7.2 BILLION IN REGULATED INFRASTRUCTURE OVER NEXT FIVE YEARS, AN INCREASE OF $1.3 BILLION OVER 2017 FIVE YEAR PLAN​

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Roy Moore Edge

Surfing political sex scandals.