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U.S. aid chief says no sign Yemen port blockade easing to allow aid in

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There are no signs that a blockade of Yemen's ports by a Saudi-led military coalition has eased to allow aid to reach communities increasingly at risk of starvation, the head of the U.S. government's aid agency said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Hines Global Makes Second Public Offering Of Up To $2.50 Bln In Shares Of Its Stock

* HINES GLOBAL REIT SAYS MAKING A SECOND PUBLIC OFFERING OF UP TO $2.50 BILLION IN SHARES OF ITS STOCK- SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2AeIqiE] Further company coverage:

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.

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Twitter to let users make tweet threads more easily

(Reuters) - Twitter said on Tuesday it would add a pair of buttons that will allow users to more easily see and add new tweets to existing ones on the same topic.

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.

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BRIEF-Philip Morris To Make Results From Programs Around IQOS Available By Early 2018

* PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL SAYS TO MAKE DATA, RESULTS FROM NON-CLINICAL, CLINICAL PROGRAM AROUND IQOS AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC BY EARLY 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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VW's truckmaker Scania appeals 880 million euro fine for price fixing

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish truckmaker Scania said on Tuesday it had filed an appeal against a decision by the European Commission to fine it 880 million euros ($1 billion) for taking part in a price fixing cartel.

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European property giant makes $16 billion bet on U.S. shopping malls

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Unibail-Rodamco, Europe's biggest property group, has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $16 billion, marking the biggest takeover of an Australian company and a shift in global retail property to counter online shopping.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Voter Fraud in Alabama

Also: More on Susan Collins’s mistake.

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BRIEF-Coda Octopus Group Names Michael Midgley Chief Financial Officer

* MIDGLEY WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF COMPANY'S WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY, CODA OCTOPUS COLMEK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Make EU gentleman's agreement with Britain binding: EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament will insist on quickly making the deal reached between the European Union and Britain on divorce terms legally binding, worried London may not honor a gentleman's agreement, the parliament's chief Brexit coordinator said.

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PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks

SEATTLE (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday.

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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BRIEF-CareerBuilder Names Anthony Dupree Its Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer

* CAREERBUILDER NAMES ANTHONY DUPREE ITS CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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France's Macron announces first 'Make our Planet Great Again' winners

In a rebuke to US antipathy towards climate science, France's leader has announced the first winners of grants for international scientists to carry out their research in France.

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Return of defeated IS fighters 'real threat' to Russia: RIA cites FSB chief

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former militants from "bandit units" in Syria are now a real threat after the defeat of Islamic State, as many of them may be now planning to return to Russia, the RIA news agency cited the head of Russia's FSB security service as saying on Tuesday.

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.

Exercise nytimes.com

Phys Ed: How Exercise Can Make for Healthier Fat

A single session of exercise may change the molecular workings of fat tissue in ways that, over time, should improve metabolic health.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The White Supremacy Caucus

Roy Moore, Donald Trump and Republican racism

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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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.

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.

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.

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U.S. fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

(Reuters) - Fund managers are racing to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin after futures contracts based on the high-flying digital currency began trading on Sunday.

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Canada to make fighter jets announcement on Dec 12 - official

OTTAWA, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada will make an announcement about fighter jets at 1 pm ET (1800 GMT) on Tuesday, a government official said on Monday, declining to give more details.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Announces Holiday Eviction Moratorium And Confirms Natural Disaster Relief Policies

* FREDDIE MAC ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EVICTION MORATORIUM; CONFIRMS NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF POLICIES

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 makes 'robo-call' for Moore as Democrat Jones takes lead in Alabama race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by releasing a recorded phone call on his behalf in the final stretch of a bitter Alabama election fight marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth 23 percent more than Qualcomm's offer

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday NXP Semiconductors NV is worth about 23 percent more than Qualcomm Inc's $38-billion offer to buy the chipmaker.

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Two fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

(Reuters) - Two fund managers are going back to U.S. securities regulators for permission to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin, filings showed on Monday, after futures contracts...

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UPDATE 1-Two fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Two fund managers are going back to U.S. securities regulators for permission to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin, filings showed on Monday, after futures contracts began trading on Sunday in the high-flying digital currency.

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WTO losing focus, must rethink development: U.S. trade chief

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's trade chief said on Monday that the World Trade Organization is losing its focus on trade negotiations in favor of litigation and needed to rethink how it defines developing economies.

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U.S. videogame makers may trounce sales estimates again

(Reuters) - Tepid holiday sales forecasts from two of the three major U.S. videogame producers have not dampened investors' confidence in one of the past decade's major stock market success stories for a simple reason: they almost always beat them.

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth more than Qualcomm's offer

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday that NXP Semiconductors NV is worth $135 per share on an intrinsic standalone basis, more than the $110 Qualcomm Inc has offered to buy the company.

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Chinese electric car maker to put 'Weltmeister' on road next year

BEIJING (Reuters) - WM Motor Technology Co, one of a new breed of Chinese electric car companies, will use its company name "Weltmeister" as its brand and plans to start taking orders for its first product, a sport-utility vehicle, from April.

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Golden Globes: Will your top films and TV shows make the cut?

The nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards will soon be revealed.

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BRIEF-Christodoro Says Resigning From Xerox Board Due To Belief Board To Make Decisions With Which He Disagrees

* JONATHAN CHRISTODORO SAYS IT NOW APPEARS THAT THE XEROX BOARD WILL MAKE DECISIONS AND TAKE XEROX IN A "DIRECTION WITH WHICH I STRONGLY DISAGREE"

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Icahn makes four nominations for Xerox board

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn has named four nominees to Xerox Corp's board of directors, the company said on Monday.

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Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's iconic sandwiches - Italian beef heroes dripping with gravy, and hot dogs loaded with pickles and hot peppers - wouldn't be such culinary institutions without the bread.

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SandRidge to make some internal records available for Icahn

Dec 11 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc said on Monday it would make some company records available to Carl Icahn, a week after the activist investor asked the oil and gas producer to release internal documents on its proposed acquisition of a rival.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Roy Moore Edge

Surfing political sex scandals.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Is the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic?

Giving more voice to supporters isn’t always a good thing for winning elections.

Voter Registration and Requirements nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided

Blame the state’s voter suppression campaign.

Banking and Financial Institutions nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: America’s Shampoo Economy

Economic bubbles grow — and eventually pop — when politicians forget why financial regulations exist.

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Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russia's military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region.

vis-photo nytimes.com

Paris Journal: A Roma Circus Makes a Home, and Builds Bridges, in Paris

The Romanès family puts on a spontaneous performance of song, dance and acrobatics, while promoting a message of acceptance.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Stop the Manipulation of Democracy Online

There’s no panacea for the harm that propaganda, trolls and false news sites do to democracy, but education and public vigilance are essential.

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Bitcoin futures make firm debut, dollar holds gains ahead of Fed

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Futures in bitcoin, which has taken global financial markets by storm, swung above their launch price, while the dollar kept gains in Monday's Asian session on expectations the Federal Reserve will stick to its tightening path.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bitcoin futures make firm debut, dollar holds gains ahead of Fed

* Fed expected to hike rates this week; BoE, ECB also meeting

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Mohammad Javad Zarif: Europe Must Work With Iran

The United States seems committed to belligerence in the Middle East. Europe can help de-escalate.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Rise of the Roypublicans

The Republican Party won’t be able to shake Roy Moore’s values if he wins.

Relocation of Business nytimes.com

Ahead of Brexit, Paris Tries a Business Makeover

Hoping to woo companies that will move employees from London, leaders in Paris are trying to replace red tape with a red carpet.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Susan Collins and the Duping of Centrists

And your health care may suffer for it.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Leave the Johnson Amendment Alone

Charities and churches shouldn’t be involved in political campaigns.

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UN chief: 'America first' is 'detrimental to American interests'

President Trump said in his inauguration speech that the slogan "America First" would govern his administration and approach to foreign policy. But UN Secretary-General António Guterres believes that the President's pledge is "detrimental to American interests."

Automobiles nytimes.com

Volkswagen Chief Suggests Ending Subsidies for Diesel Cars

In a major turnaround, Matthias Müller said that Germany should consider phasing out tax breaks that have encouraged diesel’s popularity in Europe.

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Thyssenkrupp makes offer to workers for Tata Steel deal: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp has offered workers commitments on jobs and investments to get union backing for its deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel operations, several people close to labor union IG Metall said.

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Thyssenkrupp ready to make workers offer for Tata Steel deal: Bild am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp is prepared to offer workers commitments on jobs and investments to get union backing for its deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel operations, German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported, citing an internal memo.

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California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Roy Moore’s Alabama

Winston County once opposed secession but now enthusiastically supports Donald Trump. What does that tell us about Roy Moore’s chances?

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Preserving my identity as a Christian conservative means turning away from two movements that have shaped my life.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: An Abomination. A Monster. That’s Me?

Vilifying whiteness and maleness isn’t just illiberal. It’s bad politics.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Baker and the Empire

In search of a less existential politics.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Roadkill on Capitol Hill

It has taken decades and many sexual harassment scandals, but this time it may be a real change.

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Ukrainian author of Manafort op-ed says sought input to avoid errors

KIEV (Reuters) - The author of an article that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller believes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said on Saturday he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Scoundrel Theory of American Politics

The idea that a candidate’s character doesn’t matter is pervasive and pernicious.

Net Neutrality nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What Facebook Taught Me About Net Neutrality

In the early days of creating the social network, we were at the mercy of internet providers. They could easily have killed the company.

Gifts nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Don’t Give Kids Holiday Gifts That Can Spy on Them

Connected devices come with risks. Prioritize children’s privacy.

Temple Mount (Jerusalem) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Jerusalem Denial Complex

Dispense with pieties about the city of the pious.

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Special Counsel Mueller filing shows Manafort drafted Ukraine op-ed despite gag order

WASHINGTON (Reuters on Friday ) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller late on Friday unveiled a trove of evidence against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to convince a judge that he violated a gag order by ghost-writing an article to bolster his public image.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Great Al Franken Moment

His downfall was really a positive sign of the times.

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Special Counsel Mueller produces evidence that Manafort drafted op-ed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled a trove of documents on Friday showing what he said was "irrefutable evidence" that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort violated a court gag order by ghost-writing an opinion piece designed to improve his public image.

Lobbying and Lobbyists nytimes.com

Lobbyists Ask for Votes. Some Lawmakers Want Much More.

In state legislatures, women lobbyists whose jobs depend on access and influence are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Music nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: An Everyman — Just Not Ours

Understanding France’s ardor for Johnny Hallyday does not come easily to Americans.

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UPDATE 1-KKR to buy tool components maker Hyperion from Sandvik

* KKR to buy tool components manufacturer Hyperion from Sandvik

Men and Boys nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Not All Men Are Monstrous

Stephen Marche addresses comments from readers about the male libido.

Cooking and Cookbooks nytimes.com

A Good Appetite: Want to Pamper Your Holiday Guests? Make Gougères

Served still warm from the oven, pancetta and sage gougères are an indulgent and elegant hors d’oeuvres.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How Roy Moore Survives

A noticeable backlash has hyper-energized the Republican senate candidate’s volunteers and Alabamians who hate Washington and its ways.

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KKR to buy tool components maker Hyperion from Sweden's Sandvik

NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Reuters) - KKR & Co LP has agreed to buy industrial tool components manufacturer Hyperion from Sandvik, a deal the U.S. buyout firm said marked its first acquisition in the mid-market industrials sector.

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BRIEF-Westmoreland Resource Partners Appoints Michael Hutchinson As Interim Chief Executive Officer

* WESTMORELAND RESOURCE PARTNERS LP SAYS ON DEC 5, BOARD APPOINTED MICHAEL HUTCHINSON TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - SEC FILING Source text - http://bit.ly/2kChp5Y Further company coverage:

sportsNews reuters.com

Competitions needed for Russians not going to Games, says ROC chief

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said competitions should be organized for Russian athletes who decide not to compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, R-Sport news agency reported on Friday.

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Russian speaker says lawmakers should shun Olympics if no national flag: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers should not attend the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to support athletes unless they are competing under the Russian flag, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin as saying on Friday.

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Tax bill could make 'dark money' political contributions tax deductible

For the first time in American politics, anonymous "dark money" political donations could become tax-deductible. That's if a provision currently being debated between House and Senate negotiators makes it into the final tax bill.

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

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trumpocalypse: The End Game

Our once bright and shiny democracy may be going down the drain before the holidays are out.

Jerusalem (Israel) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: There Was No Peace Process for Trump to Destroy

The president’s Jerusalem statement was reckless but better than peace-talk blather.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Should Medicine Discard Race?

Science has revealed how arbitrary those categories are. Perhaps doctors will abandon them, too.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics?

Realignments are made, not born — and unlikely with candidates like Roy Moore.

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Ericsson may make Digital goodwill impairment after revamp

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ericsson said on Friday it may have to book a goodwill impairment in its struggling digital services and media businesses, potentially hitting the Swedish mobile network equipment maker's operating income but not its cashflow.

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Exclusive: U.S. spy chief orders changes in 'unmasking' policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official has ordered tighter restrictions on how the names of Americans kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed during presidential transitions, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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UK makes 'sufficient progress' towards leaving the EU

After days of intense talks on Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May has rushed to Brussels Friday morning to meet with top EU officials.

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Trump rally first test in Democrats' search for payoff from lawmaker purge

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore won't join Donald Trump at the President's Florida rally Friday night just 25 miles from the Yellowhammer State border.

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May makes dawn flight to Brussels as Brexit deal seems done

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May met European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker before dawn in Brussels on Friday after a night flight from London, apparently having clinched a deal to open talks on post-Brexit trade

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Black lawmakers skip civil rights museum opening over Trump's attendance

Reps. John Lewis and Bennie Thompson will not be attending the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opening because President Trump will be making an appearance, which Rep. Lewis said was insulting to the civil rights activists being honored.

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UPDATE 2-Australia's IAG makes premium sharing arrangements to curb earnings volatility

* Company to share 12.5 pct of premiums and costs with reinsurers

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China aims to make IPO application process more transparent

SHANGHAI, Dec 8 (Reuters) - China's securities regulator published a set of guidelines for companies applying to make initial public offerings (IPOs), in a bid to be more transparent and stabilize market expectations.

Conservatism (US Politics) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The G.O.P. Is Rotting

The party is selling its soul, doing harm to every cause it purports to serve.

cnn.com

Trump's meeting with congressional leaders makes little headway

The House and Senate passed legislation Thursday to fund the government through December 22, removing the threat of a disruption to federal agencies for two weeks while Republican and Democratic leaders work to resolve a tough set of policy differences that would allow them to pass a long-term spending bill.

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

Op-Ed Contributors: Please Save Kids’ Health Care

A bipartisan group of state governors warns of the consequences of failing to reauthorize CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Mueller tussle over Ukrainian op-ed

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort did not violate a court gag order when he helped edit an opinion piece about his political work in Ukraine, his defense lawyer Kevin Downing argued in a court filing on Thursday.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Australia’s Shifting Political Order

The same-sex marriage debate showed that attitudes on gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Republican War on Children

Health care for a thousand kids, or tax breaks for one wealthy heir? The G.O.P. prefers the second.

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Tyson Foods raises stake in plant-based protein maker Beyond Meat

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat processor, said on Thursday it slightly raised its stake in plant-based protein maker Beyond Meat as it looks to tap growing demand for alternative sources of protein.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's IAG makes premium sharing arrangements to curb earnings volatility

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Insurance Australia Group Ltd said on Friday that it had entered agreements to share its premiums with reinsurers Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Re.

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BRIEF-Tyson Foods Makes Additional Investment In Beyond Meat

* TYSON FOODS INC - HAS MADE AN ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT IN BEYOND MEAT THROUGH TYSON'S VENTURE CAPITAL FUND

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Manafort's work on draft op-ed does not violate gag order: defense lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort did not violate a court gag order when he helped edit an opinion piece about his political work in Ukraine, his defense lawyer Kevin Downing said in a court filing on Thursday.

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EPA chief says public climate debate may be launched in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency unwinds Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

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UPDATE 4-Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch has reserved 40 Tesla Inc all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the brewer said on Thursday.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Franken Is Leaving and Trump Is Still Here

The #MeToo movement works only with men who can be shamed.

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Morgan Stanley fires former lawmaker for misconduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley has fired former U.S. Democratic lawmaker Harold Ford, Jr., a managing director at the Wall Street bank, for inappropriate conduct, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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Morgan Stanley fires former U.S. lawmaker for misconduct

NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley has fired former U.S. Democratic lawmaker Harold Ford, Jr., a managing director at the Wall Street bank, for inappropriate conduct, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable, China urges calm

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war "an established fact."

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Moldova ruling party chief says framed by Russia in bogus cases

KIEV/CHISINAU (Reuters) - The powerful head of Moldova's ruling party Vlad Plahotniuc on Thursday accused Russian authorities of harassing him and other officials with dozens of bogus legal cases, ratcheting up a long-running diplomatic row between the two countries.

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EU's Tusk to make Brexit statement early Friday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk will make a statement on Brexit early on Friday, his office said on Thursday, prompting speculation on the fate of British Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for a deal with Brussels.

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EPA chief says may launch public climate debate in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

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UPDATE 3-Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch has reserved 40 of Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the brewer said on Thursday.

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U.S. lawmakers propose ban on arbitration of sexual misconduct claims

(Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced a bill that would ban agreements to keep sexual harassment and discrimination claims out of court, amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men.

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Op-ed on Manafort's work in Ukraine to be published: Kyiv Post

(Reuters) - A Ukrainian newspaper will publish an opinion article about Paul Manafort's work in the country that U.S. federal prosecutors have accused the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump of helping draft in violation of bail terms, chief editor Brian Bonner told Reuters.

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Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks

(Reuters) - Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch has reserved 40 of Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the brewer said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch has reserved 40 of Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the brewer said on Thursday.

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Lawmakers press FBI on alleged bias in Clinton, Trump cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee lambasted the FBI on Thursday over how it handled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and questioned whether Justice Department officials gave her preferential treatment over President Donald Trump.

cnn.com

Dems favor impeaching Trump. So why did Democratic lawmakers oppose it?

We're still a long, long way from starting to even kinda, sorta think about impeachment.

Yemen nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Man Who Danced on the Heads of Snakes

For decades, Ali Abdullah Saleh seemed welded to Yemen’s landscape. Now he’s gone.

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Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks: WSJ

(Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser beers, has reserved 40 of Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

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'SUPERPUTIN' exhibition gives Russian leader a pop-art make over

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen riding a brown bear in medieval armor, cuddling a puppy and dressed as Santa Claus - it's not his latest series of publicity photos, but rather artwork at a new Moscow exhibition focused on Russia's leader.

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Embattled Franken to make a statement

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is set to make a statement Thursday about his future in office, following a raft of allegations he touched women inappropriately and dozens of his Democratic colleagues calling for him to step aside.

Palestinians nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Can Trump Bring Peace to the Middle East?

Probably not — but that’s because for the foreseeable future, no one can.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Four Questions About American Greatness

We must not lose sight of what really makes our country special in the modern world.

Freedom of Speech and Expression nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: When the Truth Is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court takes up regulated speech in doctors’ offices, an issue that cuts both ways in the context of abortion.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Liberals Need to Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears

Many Democrats continue to have little understanding of their own role in creating the conditions that make conservatives willing to support Trump.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Is Making a Huge Mistake on Jerusalem

It’s not too late to reverse it.

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Toymaker Lego wins Chinese copyright case against brick imitators

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lego has won a landmark case in China against two companies that manufactured and sold toys almost identical to its LEGO Friends range but branded Bela, the Danish toymaker said.

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North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war "an established fact".

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UPDATE 1-Norway wealth fund makes first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1-trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70-percent stake in five properties in Tokyo, it said on Friday.

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Norway wealth fund makes first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70-percent stake in five properties in Tokyo, it said on Friday.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Australia Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal

Just three weeks after a national referendum showed strong support for gay marriage, Parliament followed the public’s lead.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: We’ll Be Cheerful if It Kills Us

That gun bill is back, but then again, there’s a hero cat.

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Trump Jr. won't tell lawmakers what he and President discussed about Trump Tower meeting with Russians

Donald Trump Jr. would not tell House investigators Wednesday what he and his father discussed after reports surfaced about a June 2016 meeting he had in Trump Tower, citing attorney-client privilege.

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BRIEF-Adobe Names Scott Belsky As Chief Product Officer And EVP, Creative Cloud

* ADOBE NAMES SCOTT BELSKY AS CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER AND EVP, CREATIVE CLOUD

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Democratic lawmakers question Kushner on New York property: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wrote to Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, asking whether in his talks with foreign officials he had ever discussed financing for a deeply indebted Kushner Companies property in Manhattan.

Sessions, Jefferson B III nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Tucson’s Police Chief: Sessions’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Will Make Cities More Dangerous

People won’t report crimes if they’re afraid they may become separated from their families.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Supporting Roy Moore Is a Devil’s Bargain

A plea to my fellow Christians and social conservatives.

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North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable on Korean peninsula: KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) - Large joint drills by the U.S. and South Korean militaries and U.S. threats of a preemptive war against Pyongyang have made outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula 'an established fact', a spokesman for the North's foreign ministry said.

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State lawmaker calls colleague gay for touching him

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is under fire after insinuating that a fellow state representative was gay for touching his arm during a committee meeting.

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Can Elon Musk make subway tunnels cool again?

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Analysis: Steve Bannon, troll-in-chief

Steve Bannon left the White House in late August, about seven months after President Donald Trump arrived. But even at a distance from power, his words remain a constant source of frustration and angst for Democrats and, perhaps more often, Republicans.

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Uber's top European dealmaker to step down from role

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's top European dealmaker is stepping down from his role, the latest in a series of management changes at the ride-hailing service.

International Trade and World Market nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump and the Art of the Giveaway

I’ve never seen a president give up so much to so many for so little.

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Lawmaker called out for heterosexual rant

Conservative Pennsylvania state representative Daryl Metcalfe proclaimed his heterosexuality during a committee meeting after being touched on the arm by a male colleague.

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Trump warns of government shutdown threat ahead of meeting with lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday again raised the possibility of a U.S. government shutdown by week's end - blaming Democrats for that possible outcome - one day before he is due to host Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on a spending bill.

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Officer makes emotional farewell

Officer Robert W. Brown says goodbye to fellow officers of the Westchester County Police Department after 35 years of service. HLN's Melissa Knowles has the story.

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Uber's top European dealmaker to step down - FT

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Uber's top dealmaker in Europe, Fraser Robinson, is leaving the company, the Financial Times reported, citing a company-wide email.

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U.S. energy chief says to start negotiations on nuclear pact with Riyadh

ADU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is interested in reaching a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with Washington, the U.S. government's energy chief said on Wednesday, a step which would allow American companies to participate in the kingdom's civil nuclear program.

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Franken to make announcement on Thursday

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Opinion: Time magazine has sided with women over the misogynist-in-chief

A little over a year ago, despite a swirl of sexual assault allegations against him and a track record of misogyny, Donald Trump beat the woman many hoped would make it to the White House -- not only to the presidency, but to the title of Time magazine's Person of the Year. This year, it is the President who has to get in line.

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Ancient human ancestor 'Little Foot' makes public debut

South Africa's Cradle of Humankind, an expanse of farmland and rolling hills outside Johannesburg, has already unlocked some of the great mysteries of evolution. The unveiling of a near-complete fossil hominid skeleton dating back 3.67 million years will only solidify the importance of the region.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Republic Will Survive the Tax Bill

Yes, it’s dreadful policy. But it will be easier to reverse than other Trump priorities.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Why the Rohingya Can’t Yet Return to Myanmar

The agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to return the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar is a sham. Bangladesh must let them stay.

Social Media nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Is Media Driving Americans Apart?

Social media gets all the attention for polarization, but TV is doing more than its share.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Price of War With North Korea

It is all but inevitable that many thousands of South Koreans and Americans would be sacrificed.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Living With the Republican Tax Plan

A disappointing bill that could be worse.

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Russian lawmakers vote to bar entry to reporters of U.S. media

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The State Duma lower house of Russia's parliament voted on Wednesday to bar correspondents of U.S. mass media, including The Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, from attending its sessions, the Interfax news agency reported.

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Exclusive: Baupost expected to make quick profit in Westinghouse bankruptcy- sources

(Reuters) - Hedge funds led by the Baupost Group LLC are poised to score a $170 million profit in less than three months from a bet tied to Toshiba Corp's bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Corp, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Economic Conditions and Trends nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Obsession With Iran Is Driving the Mideast and the U.S. Crazy

There are better ways to respond to Iran’s attempts to spread its influence.

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GSK, other drugmakers bet on post-Brexit UK science

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain won a vote of confidence from its economically important life sciences sector on Wednesday as five drug companies committed to invest in the country under the government's industrial strategy plans after Brexit.

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CIA chief: Trump's tweets help us

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says President Trump's tweets help the spy agency in its intelligence efforts. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump Could Really Use a Friend

You don’t end up with much of a heart if you never exercise it.

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Senior lawmaker Conyers leaves U.S. Congress after harassment accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat John Conyers, the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, stepped down on Tuesday after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, the first member of Congress to leave his seat during a wave of high-profile harassment allegations.

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House Republican tax chief says lawmakers want AMT repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief Republican tax writer in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday that House Republicans want tax legislation to eliminate the corporate and individual alternative minimum taxes.

Jews and Judaism nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Of Course Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital

President Trump is going to formalize what all Israelis know.

Scully, Vincent J Jr (1920-2017) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How Vincent Scully Changed Architecture

The Yale scholar taught generations of students to see the world through the lens of human tradition and experience.

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Moderate GOP lawmakers push Ryan on DACA

Moderate Republicans in Congress are seeking to lead on a possible solution for young undocumented immigrants, as a group on Tuesday pushed their leadership to reach a deal by the end of the year.

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Nigerian lawmakers vote to investigate suspension of SEC boss

ABUJA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Nigeria's lower house of parliament passed a motion on Tuesday to investigate the suspension of the Securities and Exchange Commission's chief by the finance minister.

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Nestle to buy vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - Nestle is paying $2.3 billion to buy Canadian vitamin maker Atrium Innovations, it said on Tuesday, expanding its presence in the consumer healthcare market as it seeks to offset weakness in its traditional packaged foods.

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U.S. justices pose tough questions about baker's refusal to make gay wedding cake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices including pivotal jurist Anthony Kennedy on Tuesday posed tough questions to lawyers representing a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, but also raised concerns about religious liberty implications in the closely watched case.

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Top court weighs baker's refusal to make cake for gay couple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments in a major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service to gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in a dispute involving a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.

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The quest to make homes that repair themselves

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MOVES-AIG names new chief underwriting officer of general insurance unit

Dec 5 (Reuters) - U.S. commercial insurer American International Group Inc on Tuesday named Tom Bolt chief underwriting officer of its general insurance unit.

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BRIEF-AIG Names Tom Bolt As Chief Underwriting Officer, General Insurance

* AIG NAMES TOM BOLT AS CHIEF UNDERWRITING OFFICER, GENERAL INSURANCE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Tax cuts could make it harder to fight the next recession

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Roy Moore’s Enablers

Stand by him now, stay linked to him forever.

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Britain confident of Brexit deal as May scrambles to win over Northern Irish kingmakers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it was a confident of a deal on Brexit just hours after a tentative agreement with the European Union over the Irish border was dashed by Prime Minister Theresa May's kingmakers in Belfast.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Mueller’s Facts and Trump’s Make-Believe

The president’s credo: “Just tell them and they believe you.”

Weddings and Engagements nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Colorado Cake Case Is as Easy as Pie

Businesses have long claimed the First Amendment should excuse them from complying with the law. The Supreme Court has always rejected that argument.

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Bomb kills seven on bus in Syria's Homs city: police chief

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A bomb blast killed seven people and injured eight others on a bus in Syria's Homs city on Tuesday, the Homs police chief said.

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German police make raids linked to G20 riots in Hamburg

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police conducted dawn raids across Germany on Tuesday as part of investigations into violent clashes between anti-capitalist protesters and officers in the port of Hamburg at the Group of 20 leaders summit in July.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: No Wonder Millennials Hate Capitalism

A generation maligned as entitled whiners will be particularly hard hit by the Republicans’ wretched tax bill.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Behind China’s Attempt to Ease the Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar’s ethnic-cleansing generals will be able to retreat deeper into China’s orbit, unburdened by any fears of being held accountable.

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Supreme Court weighs baker's refusal to make cake for gay couple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments in a major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service to gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in a dispute involving a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.

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Macau suspends pro-democracy lawmaker as critics protest

HONG KONG, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Macau has suspended a pro-democracy lawmaker for alleged "disobedience" after he took to the street instead of staying on a sidewalk during a protest, as activists warn suppression of civil rights is growing in the China-ruled gambling hub.

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Lawmaker comments on Flynn deputy's testimony

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) responds to reports that former Trump transition official KT McFarland and incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed his communications with Russia during the presidential transition process.

Homosexuality and Bisexuality nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: How Not to Advance Gay Marriage

It’s just a wedding cake, not a wedding. There was a better solution than going to court.

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Drugmaker paid doctors with problem records to promote its pill

One physician had his prescription pad taken away after he repeatedly failed tests assessing his competency.

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

Op-Ed Contributors: Don’t Prosecute Trump. Impeach Him.

There is no case for obstruction of justice, but there is a constitutional tool for ousting a corrupt president.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Concerns About Net Neutrality Are Overblown

It’s simply not in service providers’ interests to throttle access to what their customers want to see.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Republicans Are Coming for Your Benefits

They never cared about deficits, but will gladly use them as an excuse to take away aid for those who need it.

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BMW expects jump in electric car sales in 2018: R&D chief

MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW expects its sales of electric and hybrid vehicles to jump next year, its research and development chief said as the premium carmaker races to catch up with rivals such as U.S. electric car pioneer Tesla .