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Casino mogul Steve Wynn confident on Macau concession extension

HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. casino magnate Steve Wynn, head of the eponymous Wynn Resorts , said he was confident his casino business in the world's largest gambling hub of Macau would continue after casino contracts start to expire by 2020.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Democrats Go for the Jugular! (Their Own)

With the government shutdown, they followed a brilliant plan to turn midterm-election success into failure.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

After 3 Days of Recriminations, Congress Votes to Reopen the Government

With a promise that lawmakers would soon take up immigration, Congress approved a short-term spending bill to reopen the government after a brief but heated shutdown.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Schumer Sells Out the Resistance

In ending the shutdown, the Democrats find the riskiest way to play it safe.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown

Two dozen centrist senators from both parties banded together to push their leaders to a deal to reopen the government. Now comes the hard part.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Senate Democrats’ Vote to End Shutdown Infuriates Some on the Left

Liberal and immigration activists said Democrats betrayed young undocumented immigrants by reopening the government after only three days of a shutdown.

Bitcoin (Currency) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Why the I.R.S. Fears Bitcoin

Cryptocurrencies could lead to significant losses in tax revenue.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Art of the Broken Deal

Trump’s promises are worthless, and America will pay the price.

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You're still more likely to die in a hospital on the weekend

Doctors call it the "weekend effect." Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours -- whether it's due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trump Is Killing the American Dream

It has been endangered for some decades now, but his racist policies are hastening its demise.

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Oscar predictions: Still wide open race

Deciphering the lack of clarity surrounding this year's Oscar race boils down to an optimist vs. pessimist mentality -- namely, is the seemingly wide-open nature of the best-picture competition a testament to an abundance of good movies, or the absence of a truly great one?

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, Trump Is Weak. So Is Congress.

The legislative branch needs to assert itself in the face of presidential chaos.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Market Isn’t Bullish for Everyone

The benefits of the booming stock market go overwhelmingly to the wealthy. Meanwhile, job growth and wage increases are only modest.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Racism Represents an American Tradition

His crude comments should lead to an honest reckoning with the sentiments behind our policies.

Macron, Emmanuel (1977- ) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Coming to Davos: Macron and Trump Cross Paths Again

While the presidents of America and France have much in common, their ideas of greatness are continents apart.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus misses SAG Awards amid cancer battle, still makes history

Julia Louis-Dreyfus sat out Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, but she' still celebrating.

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Government still shut down on Monday as Senate fails to clinch deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation.

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UPDATE 10-Government still shut down on Monday as U.S. Senate fails to clinch deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Democrats Are Right — and Should Settle

A tactical retreat could help put the focus back on economic issues.

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U.S. government to remain closed on Monday as Senate still short of deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach a deal late on Sunday on Democrats' demand for legislation protecting "Dreamers," young people brought to the country illegally as children.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Here Are the Senators Trying to Find a Bipartisan Solution to the Government Shutdown

A group of bipartisan lawmakers emerged as the negotiators behind a potential deal to end the gridlock and reopen the government.

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UPDATE 9-U.S. government to remain closed on Monday as Senate still short of deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach a deal late on Sunday on Democrats' demand for legislation protecting "Dreamers," young people brought to the country illegally as children.

Empathy nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Empathize With Your Political Foe

We are real people, not a bunch of demographic characteristics.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: Lobbyists Romp in Trump’s Washington

In his Inaugural Address, President Trump promised to upend the money-grubbing culture of the capital. It’s only gotten worse.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: Shutdown’s Crux: Democrats’ Deep-Rooted Distrust of G.O.P. on Immigration

After decades of fruitless efforts to overhaul immigration, Democrats simply do not believe Republicans will follow through on the issue.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Shutdown, Showdown, Sure Thing

Donald Trump proved himself woefully inept at making tough deals.

Privacy nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Roe v. Wade Was About More Than Abortion

It was also about our right to privacy.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Why India’s Big Fix Is a Big Flub

An ambitious biometric ID project was supposed to bolster welfare and check corruption. It has only created new problems.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Liberia’s Next Fight? Corruption

The outgoing president stabilized the country. The new one, George Weah, must clean it up.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Shutdown Day 2: Congress Seems Far Apart on a Resolution

Lawmakers remained mired in partisan disputes as Senator Mitch McConnell said he would move ahead with a vote on a temporary spending bill by 1 a.m. Monday.

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Mirror, mirror on the phone, am I still the fairest of them all?: asks bloodied Ronaldo

MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo took his obsession with his image to new heights as he examined his bloodied face on the mobile phone of a Real Madrid doctor while walking off the pitch toward the end of Sunday's 7-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna.

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Mines still claim legs and lives in Libya's Benghazi, months after war ceased

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - As military deminers warily picked their way through streets wrecked by war in Benghazi, a loud blast rang out - a familiar sound in the Libyan city, areas of which are riddled with deadly explosives and booby traps.

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After overnight battle at Kabul Intercontinental, casualties still not known

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours overnight caused heavy casualties among hotel guests and staff, with the total number of dead and wounded still not known.

Shutdowns (Institutional) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Shutdown Shows the Twisted Rules of a Broken Congress

The budget process is not really about budgeting anymore. It’s about partisan warfare.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trying to Defend President Trump’s Derision, Diplomatically

In embassies around the world, some of America’s diplomats are being dressed down by their host nations. Others are considering leaving their posts.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Hillary Lost, but the Future Is Hers

Women will follow Clinton’s lead right into the White House.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Opinion: My Kid’s First Lesson in Realpolitik

Children don’t live in a bubble, so why do we try to shelter them from conflict?

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Pence tells Egypt's Sisi that U.S. still backs two-state solution

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday told Egypt’s leader the United States would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed, seeking to reassure a key Arab ally over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Opinion: The Political Mythbuster in Chief

In shattering comforting fictions about how things work in America, he’s made us face our country’s lack of decency and shame. Finally.

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

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump So Far Is More Farce Than Tragedy

Our president is an authoritarian in his Twitter feed and nowhere else.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Year One in Donald Trump’s World

The president’s universe is a place of dread, not deals.

Social Media nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What I’ve Learned from My 4-Year-Old

Raising my son is making me want to be a better person.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: We Need Bodice-Ripper Sex Ed

Romance novels taught me that sexual pleasure was something women could not just hope for but insist upon.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What the Shutdown Says About the Future of the Democrats

An ideological movement hasn’t taken over the party — yet.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Patrick Meehan, Congressman Combating Harassment, Settled His Own Misconduct Case

Representative Patrick Meehan, a Republican member of the House Ethics Committee, used taxpayer money to pay a former aide who had seen him as a father figure before he made unwanted advances.

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Donald Trump and His Work Wives

What does Hope Hicks do, exactly? Vast amounts of emotional labor.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trading Blame for the Shutdown, Lawmakers Search for a Deal to End It

With the government shut down and the two parties faulting each other, senators from both parties were looking for an agreement to end the crisis.

United States Economy nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Clueless Versus Trump

Americans want statesmanship, not schadenfreude.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Human Trafficking nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Getting Tough on Sex Traffickers

Too many cities are infested with criminal gangs. And too many gangs finance their activities by sexually exploiting minors.

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Rent-A-Center, Vintage Capital sign standstill deal amid buyout talks

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Buyout firm Vintage Capital Management LLC has agreed not to raise its stake in its acquisition target Rent-A-Center Inc or seek to gain control of its board as they talk about a potential deal, the furniture retailer said on Friday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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As South Korea counts down to Olympics, a ghost ski resort festers

GANSEOUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The chairs of an abandoned ski lift sit on a barren, ghostly mountainside in South Korea; like gravestones for what was one a vibrant holiday resort.

Global Warming nytimes.com

Drilling Off Florida Is Still On the Table, Interior Official Says

A surprise statement on Friday undercut last week’s announcement that Florida had been granted an exemption from President Trump’s offshore-drilling plan.

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Perfect place for a distillery? Behind bars

Redd Rowland was known in the 1950s for owning a monkey that would do a trick and then doff its little hat in hopes of a tip. But Rowland was also quite a bootlegger, and the Cabarrus County sheriff eventually sent a squad to Rowland's home to seize the "white lightning" and arrest its maker.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump’s Radical Honesty

In his own wild way, this president is as truthful and transparent as they come.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Abortion nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How the Pro-Life Movement Has Promoted Liberal Values

Right-to-life advocacy supported the advance of free speech.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: With Climate Change, This Island Is Swallowed by the Sea

Rising waters now cover homes and land on a Bangladeshi island, leaving farmers desperate.

Central Bank of Russia nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Is This the Collusion We Were Waiting For?

The National Rifle Association is now part of the Russia investigation.

Nonprofit Organizations nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Shadow Safety Net

Federal and local governments are not doing their jobs, so nonprofit organizations are working to fill the void.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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

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

Theater nytimes.com

Review: The Ghosts of Michael Brown, in ‘Until the Flood’

Dael Orlandersmith’s new play explores the lives — both black and white — left behind in the wake of the 2014 police shooting in Ferguson.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The G.O.P.’s Doomsday-Machine Politics

Now Republicans are threatening to blow up children’s health care.

South Korea nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: President Trump Brings People Together

North and South Korea have agreed to march their athletes together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Power of Human Touch

Touch comes with risks, as expressed about the well-publicized Aziz Ansari date.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Country Clubs nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Clubbable, but in the Worst Way

Donald Trump is a man of his class — the nouveau-riche, country-club class. Only louder and more obnoxious.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: ICE Detained My Husband for Being an Immigrant Activist

Ravi Ragbir, the director of the New Sanctuary coalition in New York City, was detained last week after speaking out for immigrant rights.

National Parks, Monuments and Seashores nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: A Trojan Horse Threatens the Nation’s Parks

Legislation backed by some Utah lawmakers would be a giveaway to local interests and begin the piecemeal unraveling of the park system.

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Former Trump adviser Bannon will not go to House panel Thursday: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was not expected to return to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee on Thursday, a committee source said.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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Bannon given more time to sort out with WH what he can tell Hill investigators

The House Intelligence Committee has agreed to give former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon until the end of the month to return to the panel and finish his closed-door interview, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

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Trump's ex-aide Bannon to appear again before House intelligence panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was expected to return on Thursday to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee, two days after refusing to answer questions about his time with the Trump administration or the transition period leading to it.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Manning, Chelsea nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why I’m Ambivalent About Chelsea Manning

I don’t think she’s the perfect candidate. But I’m inspired by her willingness to fight back.

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Short track still Korea's most likely path to gold

(Reuters) - While there has been much handwringing over sluggish ticket sales for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, empty seats will not be an issue inside the Gangneung Ice Arena when short track speed skating is in session.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Can Democrats Follow #MeToo to Victory?

Maybe, but the path forward is an obstacle course.

Jews and Judaism nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: A Modest Immigration Proposal: Ban Jews

Those in favor of selective admission to our country should heed the lessons of a century ago.

Salvadoran-Americans nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The El Salvador Tragedy

The president’s decision to expel 200,000 Salvadorans who received temporary protected status in 2001 is cruel and self-defeating.

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As a new day dawns in DC, it's still unclear if Republican leaders have enough support to keep the government open

House Republican leaders are moving toward a vote Thursday to avoid a shutdown, but as a new day dawns in Washington, it's still unclear if GOP leaders have enough support to keep the government open.

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Cities in China's Hebei province still top list of smoggiest places

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Hebei province was the location of six of the country's 10 smoggiest cities in 2017, the same as the previous year, despite a campaign to improve air quality during the winter when smog levels peak, according to environment ministry data published on Thursday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Drug Abuse and Traffic nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Buprenorphine and methadone are the most effective treatments for fighting opioid addiction. But most rehabilitation programs won’t use them.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: John Kelly, Deacon of Deportation

The White House chief of staff has much to do with Trump’s anti-immigration policies.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump Gets His Sanity Grades

Relax, this man knows his camels.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: What We Can Learn From ‘S-Hole Countries’

African nations are ahead of the U.S. in some respects.

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White House did not tell Bannon to invoke executive privilege: Kelly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly told Fox News on Wednesday the White House did not tell former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon to invoke executive privilege in closed testimony before Congress on its probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Report: Bannon had a 'slip-up' before panel

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to tell the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about his time at the White House, with the exception of one major "slip-up," the website Axios reported.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump’s Chance to Save American Steel

Cheap imports are becoming a threat to national security. He has the tools to respond. Will he use them?

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Bannon's appearance reveals WH effort to restrict testimony

The White House is working behind the scenes to limit the testimony to congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to multiple sources.

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North Korea, Bannon, Apple: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Fashion and Apparel nytimes.com

Milan Is Still Making It New

Giorgio Armani, Prada and Fendi proved that men’s fashion has the power to surprise.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

False Arrests, Convictions and Imprisonments nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Innocent but Still Guilty

Inmates are sometimes offered freedom in exchange for pleading guilty to a crime they didn’t commit. It’s a bad deal.

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Trump ex-aide Bannon agrees to Mueller probe interview, avoiding grand jury

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has reached agreement with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators rather than appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Germany, Turkey resume bilateral meetings, still at odds over reporter's arrest

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and Turkey on Wednesday resumed bilateral government consultations that had been suspended after Ankara's arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in February 2017, an issue that continues to divide the two NATO allies.

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Farage backs off second Brexit referendum talk as EU says UK still welcome

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Leading British anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage rowed back on Wednesday from remarks favoring a second referendum on Brexit, a week after he unleashed a new round of debate and a chorus of invitations from European politicians for Britain to reconsider.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Ansari, Aziz nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Aziz, We Tried to Warn You

It may seem like rules around sex have changed overnight, but feminists have been talking about this for a long time.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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Bannon will do interview with special counsel, avoiding grand jury for now

Steve Bannon has struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's team and will be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before the grand jury, two people familiar with the process told CNN. He is expected to cooperate with the special counsel, the sources said.

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Trump's ex-aide Bannon strikes deal to avoid grand jury testimony: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has struck a deal to be interviewed by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team instead of appearing before a grand jury, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to Bannon.

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Ruined and neglected, Sarajevo tracks still hold hope for some

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Once a pride of Olympic Sarajevo and known as the steepest and fastest in the world, the bobsleigh track on Mount Trebevic is now dilapidated and abandoned, a shadow of its former glory.

Pennsylvania Station (Manhattan, NY) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: A Way Forward for New York-New Jersey Commuters

Projects to fix vital rail lines shouldn’t be held hostage by the Trump administration.

Nuclear Weapons nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Would the Air Force Let Airman Trump Near a Nuclear Weapon?

As a former military psychiatrist, I worry that the president would fail the military’s mental health standards.

Evangelical Movement nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: A Perfect Marriage: Evangelicals and Conservatives in Latin America

Christians are seducing poor voters and conservative parties. Is that good for democracy and minority rights?

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: How Sex Trumped Race

The presidency may be racist, but it’s gender that’s the essential Trump-era divide.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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Rep. Collins: If I were Bannon, I'd answer lawmakers' questions

Commenting on Steve Bannon's Tuesday meeting with the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Chris Collins said he would be inclined to answer lawmakers' questions if he were in the hotseat.

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Schiff: Bannon's refusal to answer questions 'unprecedented'

Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions during his meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday was "unprecedented," according to Rep. Adam Schiff.

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Schiff: White House imposed gag order on Bannon

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says the White House placed a "gag order" on Steve Bannon during his meeting with the House Intelligence Committee regarding the Russia investigation.

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Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with House subpoena

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a U.S. House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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WH directed Bannon to avoid answering panel's questions in Russia probe, Schiff says

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts and was accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House "gag order."

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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Police still baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents' squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under "horrific" conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Quantum Computing nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: While You Were Sleeping

Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Facebook Doesn’t Like What It Sees When It Looks in the Mirror

But will Mark Zuckerberg be any good at social engineering?

cnn.com

Alert issued after market sells fugu still containing toxin

A Japanese city issued an emergency alert to residents Monday after two people ate potentially dangerous portions of fugu fish that should not have been sold.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: NYTimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe of alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Stephen Bannon, California, Bitcoin: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe into alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Offshore Drilling and Exploration nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Florida Isn’t the Only State That Will Be Hurt by Offshore Drilling

No state faces more potential harm than California. But as a blue state, it apparently isn’t eligible for the free pass Florida got from drilling.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Graham, Lindsey nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump Will Soil You. Ask Lindsey Graham

There’s no honor or wisdom in cozying up to this president.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Bannon, California, Netanyahu: Your Morning Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe into alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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NYT: Mueller subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon last week, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Ex-Trump adviser Bannon subpoenaed in special counsel Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury as part of a special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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BRIEF-Absolute Names Steve Munford As Interim CEO And Announces Preliminary Q2 Results

* ABSOLUTE NAMES STEVE MUNFORD AS INTERIM CEO AND ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon to meet with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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Steve Bannon to face House Russia investigators

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist whose political fortunes have taken a roller-coaster fall in the wake of his comments in a scathing book on Trump, will be questioned on Tuesday by lawmakers about the Trump team and Russia.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon meets with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Interview: No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say

In an exclusive interview, the (former) novelist shares his thoughts on Trump, #MeToo and retirement.

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Tennis: Wawrinka happy to be back, but still feeling pain

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka feels great to be back after his first-round victory at the Australian Open on Tuesday but is still experiencing pain in the left knee that required surgery last season.

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EU 'still open' to Britain changing mind on Brexit

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Donald Tusk, the European Council president, weighed in to new British debate on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit by saying on Tuesday that Britons would be welcome to stay in the European Union.

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Tennis: My brother still makes fun of me, says Zverev

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Alexander Zverev can no longer hope to fly under the grand slam radar following a brilliant 2017 season but the hype has done little to change things on the home front, the 20-year-old wunderkind insists.

Jews and Judaism nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Can a Jew Love France?

The country my family continues to dream of no longer exists for people like us. Maybe it never did.

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Three still missing in California's deadly mudslides

(Reuters) - The number of people missing from last week's deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The President and the Porn Star

Trump’s sexual license has turned the culture wars upside down.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: John Stuart Mill Showed Democracy as a Way of Life

The Victorian-era philosopher is a hero of democracy.

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.

How did a movement for women’s empowerment become an emblem for female helplessness?

Cold War Era nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Talking Apocalypse With My Son

For this mother, this all feels a lot like Bomb Shelter Redux.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Know-Nothings for the 21st Century

Trumpism is an all-out attack on the values that made America great.

Prisons and Prisoners nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Governor Cuomo: The Way to a More Just New York State

A new bill will close the gap between what our criminal justice system says and what it does.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Alexa, We’re Still Trying to Figure Out What to Do With You

Many people use digital assistants for the basics, like the weather forecast or music. It’s a long way from the digital home envisioned by their makers.

Influenza nytimes.com

The New Health Care: Still Not Convinced You Need a Flu Shot? First, It’s Not All About You

Adults also need to get vaccinated to provide herd immunity for others, especially babies and older people.

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Color returns to Hollywood's red carpets but Time's Up still strong

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After making a strong statement in black dresses at the Golden Globes to protest sexual harassment, actresses brought a burst of color back to the red carpet last week but said the message of the Time's Up campaign will continue throughout Hollywood's awards season.

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Tuesday Becomes Execution Day in Egypt

The Sisi government, facing violence in the Sinai and preparing for an election, is hastening executions and the trials that authorize them.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: When America and Pakistan Fight, It’s Afghanistan That Suffers

How a monstrous pact between two countries keeps destroying another one.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Is a Racist. Period.

We must stop debating an obvious point and decide what to do about it.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Is It Time for Netanyahu to Resign Yet?

A cloud of suspicion and scandal hangs over Israel’s prime minister. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he needs to step down.

Embargoes and Sanctions nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How the Other Half Lives in Iran

Inequality is rising in Iran. The rural poor are angry and living increasingly precarious lives.

Air Pollution nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Why China’s Good Environmental Policies Have Gone Wrong

Haste and zeal to please an increasingly authoritarian government have created unexpected problems.

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California mudslides: Death toll rises to 20, 4 still missing

At least 20 people have died as a result of the mudslides that devastated Montecito, California, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection. Four people are still missing.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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Watch Bill Murray spoof Bannon on 'SNL'

Bill Murray surprised the audience on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", debuting in the show's opening sketch as former Trump White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

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Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on 'SNL'

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Hawaii visitor: I could feel the blood stand still in my body

It was a beautiful morning, like most, on the island of Oahu: 79 degrees with a big, bright sun. I was at a marina with my family on Kaneohe Bay, blowing the last bits of air into an orange inflatable raft, when the alert came. All caps: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND ... NOT A DRILL."

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Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, five still missing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Liberalism (US Politics) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Is There Life After Liberalism?

Neither the populists nor the philosophers are ready with alternatives.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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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Tennis: Returning Djokovic still managing elbow injury

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Former world number one Novak Djokovic admits his elbow is not yet 100 percent as the Serb prepares to return from six months out at the Australian Open.

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Tennis: Uncle Toni still 'more than anything' for Nadal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal embarks on a new era without his coach and uncle in the players' box at the Australian Open but the Spaniard said he would always welcome advice from his lifelong mentor with open arms.

Offshore Drilling and Exploration nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: So It’s One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out …

Next year, we’ll drill for oil in Norway.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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

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

Third World and Developing Countries nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What Makes a Country Great? Meet Haiti’s People.

I grew up using a latrine, alongside some of the most resilient, decent people I’ve ever encountered.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

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.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Proud to Live in a Nation of Holers

People from “holes” make America great, while Trump sinks into one.

Baseball nytimes.com

On Baseball: Winter Drags On, With Free Agents Still Waiting by the Phone

In an off-season of few signings, teams leery of overpaying seem content to wait for prices to drop in the spring.

Artificial Intelligence nytimes.com

A.I. Has Arrived in Investing. Humans Are Still Dominating.

Artificial intelligence programs increasingly help fund managers run their portfolios, but will they will be good enough to replace them?

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Mr. Trump, Meet a Hero Whom You Maligned

A practical response for those offended by our president’s racist comments.

Twenty-Fifth Amendment (US Constitution) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Maybe Trump Is Not Mentally Ill. Maybe He’s Just a Jerk.

Without proper neuropsychological testing of the president, we can’t know if he has a mental disorder or is a narcissistic bully.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: No One Is Coming to Save Us From Trump’s Racism

Yes, people in the room say they heard him make the remarks about “shithole” countries. No, he won’t face any consequences.

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Treasury chief still won't commit to Tubman on $20 bill

Television nytimes.com

James Spader Still Lives for the Surprise of ‘The Blacklist’

Mr. Spader talks about his 100th episode, the pleasures of playing the provocateur and why now is the time for men to keep quiet and listen.

cnn.com

The future of DACA negotiations still unclear on Capitol Hill

Things were getting heated on Capitol Hill on immigration even before President Donald Trump asked lawmakers in a closed-door meeting Thursday why the US was bringing in immigrants from "shithole" countries into the US.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Time to Say It: Trump Is a Racist

We can’t know what’s in his heart. We can accurately describe his behavior.

sportsNews reuters.com

Federer still the man to beat at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - It might be argued that 36-year-old fathers of four have no business winning grand slam titles but try telling that to Roger Federer as the evergreen Swiss bids to claim a record-equalling sixth Australian Open crown in two weeks' time.

Priests nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Will the Pope Address Sexual Abuse in the Chilean Church?

Francis must confront the crimes of a Chilean priest, Fernando Karadima, who was protected from punishment for decades.