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

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

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Trump decries 'permissive' U.S. abortion laws at rally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend "the right to life."

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House Democrat Pelosi hopeful Schumer finds Trump-backed immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Friday she hopes that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer will be able to determine what kind of immigration bill President Donald Trump will support.

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Thousands in Washington await Trump address to anti-abortion rally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump will become the third sitting U.S. president to address anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, highlighting his shift in recent years from a supporter of women's access to abortion to a powerful opponent.

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Trump touts anti-abortion policies in speech

President Donald Trump will tout his administration's anti-abortion record on Friday when he becomes the first sitting president to speak via video feed to the March for Life gathering in Washington.

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Flu widespread throughout the nation, 30 children dead

This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years.

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In Russia, Trump inauguration euphoria leaves lasting hangover

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A year ago on Saturday, Russian nationalists partied in central Moscow to celebrate Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump’s Radical Honesty

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

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Clock running out to avert U.S. government shutdown as Trump blames Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump postponed plans to leave Washington on Friday while the U.S. Congress faced a midnight deadline to come up with funding legislation to avoid federal agency shutdowns.

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UPDATE 1-Former Catalan leader says he can rule from abroad, Madrid says no

MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he could be re-elected as the region's president and rule remotely from his self-imposed exile in Brussels, but the Spanish government said it would not let that happen.

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Former FBI Director James Comey to teach ethical leadership class

Former FBI Director James Comey will teach a course on ethical leadership at William and Mary beginning in the fall, according to an article on the Virginia college's website.

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Fury but no fire: World confused after Trump's first year

A year has passed and the lights are still on: we aren't speaking Russian, or at war with North Korea, or Iran. We've not started a self-defeating trade spat with China. And right-wing populists like Brexit pioneer Nigel Farage and France's Marine Le Pen are even less relevant than they were at the beginning of 2017.

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'Sneakerhead' blog-turned-streetwear site gets first backing

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - It started 12 years ago as a one-man blog written by a self-confessed "sneakerhead." Fashion website Highsnobiety went on to become a top destination for young men buying the latest streetwear - and has now attracted its first outside investment.

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Exclusive: Trump's coal job push stumbles in most states - data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's effort to put coal miners back to work stumbled in most coal producing states last year, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.

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NAFTA talks seen ending happily, despite growls from Trump

BENGALURU/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The North American Free Trade Agreement will probably be renegotiated successfully with only marginal changes, said a large majority of economists in a Reuters poll, despite the Trump administration's saber-rattling.

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Babcock back behind bench but not at the Games

Toronto (Reuters) - Mike Babcock coached Canada to men's ice hockey gold at both the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Winter Games and he will be back behind the bench again during the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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Female Trump voter: I'm embarrassed

Female voters debate President Trump's first year in office and the multiple allegations of past sexual harassment.

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Far from home, Mexican migrants eager to influence presidential race

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tijuana native Alma Martinez will cast her first-ever vote for a Mexican president this July, but from across the country's northern border, where she is among hundreds of thousands of co-nationals whose participation could be decisive in a close race.

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Former world champion Fury regains license

(Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is free to box again after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) lifted his suspension subject to medical clearance.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 19) - Government funding bill

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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Trump admin to turn existing Jerusalem consular into the US embassy

The Trump administration has settled on a location for the new US embassy in Jerusalem and plans to move into the facility by 2019, two senior administration officials tell CNN.

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Trump not expected to go to Mar-a-Lago if shutdown happens

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Trump move on healthcare religious freedom prompts discrimination fears

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's move on Thursday to protect healthcare workers who refuse to perform abortions and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds is raising fears among some civil rights and medical groups that it will provide legal cover for otherwise unlawful discrimination.

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Trump says Dems 'want illegal immigration and weak borders'

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to express his displeasure with Senate Democrats with hours to go before the government potentially shuts down.

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Clock running out to avert government shutdown as Trump blames Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Racing against a midnight deadline, the U.S. Congress will try on Friday to send President Donald Trump legislation to keep the government operating and avoid federal agency shutdowns that would otherwise begin on Saturday.

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Trump appointee quits after CNN unearths anti-Muslim rants

(Reuters) - A U.S. official appointed by President Donald Trump has resigned after CNN posted excerpts of him making racist and Islamophobic comments on a radio show he used to host, the news network reported.

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No reason why I can't rule Catalonia remotely, former leader says

MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he was perfectly eligible to be re-elected as regional president and there was no reason why he couldn't rule the Spanish region remotely from self-imposed exile in Brussels.

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Artists mark one year of Trump as president

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration. It also marks the one-year anniversary of the Women's March his election inspired, the largest single-day protest in the nation's history.

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Trump to address U.S. anti-abortion march, cementing U-turn on issue

(Reuters) - Donald Trump will become the third sitting U.S. president to address anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, highlighting his shift in recent years from a supporter of women's access to abortion to a powerful opponent.

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Desperate Cubans seek U.S. visas in Colombia after Havana embassy cutbacks

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban actress Aniet Hernandez lost all hope that she and her two children would ever join her husband in Miami when the Trump administration slashed staffing at the U.S. embassy in Havana in September and stopped almost all visa processing.

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Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake

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

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Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Jumps Back Into the G.O.P. Health Care Debate

Urging Congress to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Mr. Kimmel used a favorite character to illustrate his point: the petulant barista.

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Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Jumps Back Into the Health Care Debate

Urging Congress to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Mr. Kimmel used a favorite character to illustrate his point: the petulant barista.

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A Problem for Republicans Fighting to Keep California House Seats: Trump

California, with its vulnerable Republicans in Congress, is ground zero for the Democratic plan to take back the House. President Trump may be making those efforts easier.

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

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

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China looks to call bluff on Trump trade action

BEIJING (Reuters) - As influential voices within the U.S. business community warn China that U.S. President Donald Trump is serious about tough action over Beijing's trade practices, there is little sense of a crisis in the Chinese capital, where officials think he is bluffing.

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SoftBank telecoms IPO faces headwinds from govt-backed upstarts

* SoftBank telecoms IPO could be largest Japan listing in 20 yrs

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Physically extraordinary Djokovic is battle ready, says Agassi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic is "physically extraordinary" and can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months, mentor Andre Agassi said on Friday.

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Right and Left React to the Prospect of a Government Shutdown

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

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Europe Edition: Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, Pope Francis: Your Friday Briefing

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

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China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping: wife

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

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Trump set to leave Washington ahead of shutdown deadline

President Donald Trump is scheduled to depart Washington and head to his Florida resort hours before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown Friday at midnight.

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

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

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South Korea President Moon's approval rating drops on Olympics furor

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has fallen to a four-month low, a poll showed on Friday, after a public backlash over a decision for South and North Korea to field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Winter Olympics.

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Trump administration appeals against 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

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Sen. Schumer: We can do this with or without Trump

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed a short-term continuing resolution that would extend government spending and give a few more days to negotiate the bill.

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'Girther' hashtag debuts after Trump's physical

He's the anti-exercise President, but will Trump follow doctor's orders and hit the gym? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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

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

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‘Trump’s Racism Is a Rallying Cry for Us’: Miami Haitians See Opportunity in an Insult

The president’s disparagement of Haiti reminded some of the longstanding stigma Haitians face. Others hope the insults will increase voter turnout.

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Trump’s Evolving Words on the Wall

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

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Moira Donegan’s Spreadsheet Was an ‘Act of Real Solidarity’

Moira Donegan started the online spreadsheet of men in the media industry accused of sexual harassment. She spoke with The Times about why she created it and what her life has been like since.

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Trump and the limits of transactional politics

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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.

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Sales of Trump properties suggestive of money-laundering: researcher

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Testimony to the U.S. Congress by the head of a political research firm indicates that the Trump Organization's sales of properties to Russian nationals may have involved money-laundering, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.

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Trump administration appeals 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said it had asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

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

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

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Possible money laundering alleged in sales of Trump properties: Rep. Schiff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Testimony to the U.S. Congress by the head of a research firm indicates that the Trump Organization's sales of properties to Russian nationals may have involved money-laundering, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.

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Tax overhaul leads AmEx to first loss in 26 years, buyback suspension

(Reuters) - Credit card issuer American Express Co posted its first quarterly loss in 26 years and said it would not buy back shares for the next six months, both due to the impact of the recently enacted U.S. tax reform.

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Voters in Iowa happy with Trump even as they fear what's next

Since Donald Trump came along, they have a "safe word" at the Table of Knowledge inside Darrell's Diner in Monticello, Iowa.

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African U.N. envoys suggest Trump meet leaders in Ethiopia after 'shithole' remark

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - African U.N. envoys suggested on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump meet with African leaders in Ethiopia this month after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "shithole" countries.

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Public face of the agency that runs AmeriCorps is out of the job after racist comments

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

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Outback Australians grounded as pilot crisis worsens

(Reuters) - A recruitment drive by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd after a seven-year hiatus is exacerbating shortages of pilots at regional air services that provide a lifeline to remote communities in the country's sparsely populated Outback.

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Trump tries to stop the Democratic wave from crashing Pennsylvania

President Donald Trump's trip to Pennsylvania on Thursday underscored just how important Republicans believe a House special election there in March is to the party's midterm prospects.

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Trump Organization money laundering alleged in Fusion GPS testimony: House Democrat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Transcripts of testimony given by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson to the U.S. House Intelligence Committee includes allegations the Trump Organization may have engaged in money laundering, the panel's top Democrat said in a statement on Thursday.

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U.S. to dismiss charges against 129 people in Trump inaugural protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department intends to dismiss criminal charges against 129 defendants in connection with the protests that took place during President Donald Trump's Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration, according to a court filing on Thursday.

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Former NFLers call for end to tackle football for kids

Several former NFL players called Thursday for an end to tackle football for kids ages 13 and under.

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Trump's dealmaking mythology meets DC reality. Again.

For his entire adult life, and with special vigor during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump has insisted on his skills as a master negotiator.

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Trump's first year gets mixed reviews

CNN's Bill Weir talks to voters in Monticello, Iowa one year into Donald Trump's presidency.

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Amazon's review of Toronto could escalate tension with Trump

TORONTO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's inclusion of Canada's largest city on a list of 20 finalists for a massive new campus could escalate tensions between the tech giant and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Tax overhaul leads AmEx to first loss in 26 years, suspend buybacks

(Reuters) - Credit card issuer American Express Co posted its first quarterly loss in 26 years and said it would not buy back shares for the next six months, both due to the impact of the recently enacted U.S. tax overhaul.

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Tapper: Trump's wall has changed

After White House chief of staff John Kelly told Democratic lawmakers that President Trump's early promises of a border wall were not fully informed, the President insists he has remained consistent. CNN's Jake Tapper compares the President's rhetoric on the subject over time.

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REFILE-UPDATE 4-Amazon's review of Toronto could escalate tension with Trump

TORONTO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's inclusion of Canada's largest city on a list of 20 finalists for a massive new campus could escalate tensions between the tech giant and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Trump goes to Pennsylvania to help Republican in special House election

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump traveled to western Pennsylvania on Thursday to show his backing for the Republican candidate in a special congressional election where Democrats are hoping to score another upset victory in Trump-friendly territory.

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Pope lands in Peru as president seeks help in political crisis

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Peru on Thursday, as the Andean nation's president appealed to him to help put the country back on track after a political crisis nearly ousted him from office a month ago.

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Trump Rebuked China for North Korea’s Oil Smuggling. It’s More Complicated.

The opaque world of the global maritime industry makes it exceedingly difficult to prevent North Korea from obtaining oil, despite sanctions.

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Arrested Former C.I.A. Officer Had Ties to Chinese Spies, Ex-Colleague Says

Jerry Lee, the former officer, had repeated contacts with Chinese intelligence both at the agency and afterward, the former colleague said.

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Letters: ‘I Voted for Donald Trump, and I Regret It’

Two readers express their disappointment in his presidency.

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Fashion and politics in the age of Trump

A look at what people wore to express their politics during Trump's first year in office.

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Wall St. treads water as rising interest rates balance tech growth

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes seesawed in choppy trade on Thursday, as gains in tech stocks offset losses in interest-rate sensitive sectors.

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US STOCKS-Wall St treads water as rising interest rates balance tech growth

* Dow down 0.19 pct, S&P up 0.02 pct, Nasdaq up 0.16 pct (Updates to late afternoon, changes byline, adds dateline NEW YORK)

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Back with old sponsor, Patrick seeks car for Daytona and Indy

(Reuters) - Danica Patrick has found a sponsor for the final two races of her career at this year's Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. All she needs now is some wheels.

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Growing pains for #MeToo as Ansari tale sparks backlash talk

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Less than four months after the #MeToo movement inspired a national conversation about sexual misconduct and led to the downfall of dozens of powerful American men, a backlash seems to be underway.

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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.

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Pope stops popemobile to comfort fallen horseback policewoman

IQUIQUE, Chile (Reuters) - Pope Francis ordered his popemobile to stop on Thursday after a mounted Chilean policewoman was thrown off her frightened horse, which had reared up as the pontiff passed by.

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Mexico rejects Trump claim it world's most dangerous country

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico on Thursday dismissed a claim by U.S. President Donald Trump that it was the most dangerous country in the world and reiterated it would not fund the construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border.

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UPDATE 2-European shares edge higher as cyclicals back in favour

* Financials, tech and materials lead rise (Recasts, adds detail and quote, updates prices at close)

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It's a real shame Trump didn't eat more fish

Cast your mind back to the 1970s. A young Czech-born model named Ivana joins her husband-to-be at the touristy restaurant called Tavern on the Green on the west side of New York's Central Park.

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Zagitova spoils Medvedeva's comeback to take lead at Europeans

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twice world champion Evgenia Medvedeva was upstaged by Russian compatriot Alina Zagitova in the short program at the European championships on Thursday as the Olympic gold medal favorite made her comeback following a two-month injury layoff.

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SAG Awards get ready for #MeToo close-up

Following a Golden Globes that made headlines with its Time's Up theme, the Screen Actors Guild is leaning into that discussion with its annual presentation Sunday. Yet with several more star-studded ceremonies to come, questions linger as to how well Hollywood's awards apparatus can juggle serving as a rallying point for that movement with its more prosaic, self-congratulatory business.

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Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections

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

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Trump: 'Worst thing' about shutdown would be effect on military

President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that he the worst results of a possible government shutdown would be the impact on the US military.

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New polls show Trump at 37% approval

Two new polls released Thursday show President Donald Trump's approval rating at 37% nearly one year into his presidency.

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Italy's Berlusconi says he is ready to be premier if European court lifts ban

ROME (Reuters) - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he was ready to lead Italy again if the European Court of Human Rights scrapped a ban on him holding public office.

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Graham suggests 'outliers' in Trump admin sidelined immigration deal

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that some of President Donald Trump's White House staff have "irrational" views on immigration.

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Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition.

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CORRECTED-Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition.

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Trump flies to Pennsylvania to help Republican in special election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a critical loss for Republicans in Alabama last month, President Donald Trump is wading back into congressional politics on Thursday when he travels to western Pennsylvania to signal his backing for the party's candidate in a special election.

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Trump: Government 'very well could' shut down

President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon that the worst results of a possible government shutdown would be the impact on the U.S. military.

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Trump says government 'could very well' shut down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday the U.S. government "could very well" shut down and that would be very harmful to the military.

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios to cut back on indie films in programming shift: sources

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc , which has made waves in recent years buying art-house movies at the Sundance Film Festival, is heading to the prestigious event this week with a long-term change in the works: It plans to shift resources from independent films to more commercial projects, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Trump muddles talks on government funding ahead of House vote on shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complicated Republican efforts on Thursday to reach agreement on a temporary extension of government funding to avert a shutdown, blasting a plan to entice Democrats by funding a children's health insurance program.

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

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

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Trump'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.

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Trump Upsets Republican Strategy to Avoid Shutdown

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

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Trump's first year: The report card

It has been a crazy year in Washington. A new president came to town making big promises about how he would upend everything that was wrong with politics and assured his supporters that nothing could get in his way. So how did he do?

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Trump contradicts his own team with tweet on the Children's Health Insurance Program

President Donald Trump contradicted his own administration on Thursday when he tweeted that funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program should not be included in a short-term plan to fund the government.

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Trump contradicts top aide, says border wall stance has not 'evolved'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said his concept of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico "has never changed or evolved," contradicting comments made by his chief of staff.

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Snowboarding: British 'shred-homies' ready to take on the world

LONDON (Reuters) - Great Britain broke their duck on snow at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and now they are gunning for further glory in Pyeongchang.

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Canada heads back to gold medal drawing board

TORONTO (Reuters) - When the International Olympic Committee opened the doors of the Winter Games to National Hockey League players in 1998 picking a Team Canada was so simple everyone could do it. And they did.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 18) - Mexico wall, NAFTA, Rick Saccone

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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Trump pushes back in morning tweet

With less than two days until the government shutdown deadline, lawmakers are trying to strike a deal for a short term budget resolution, and President Trump continues to defend his original border wall promise.

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Trump Denies Changing His Position on Border Wall

In an early morning tweet, President Trump contradicted his chief of staff and said his position on building a wall between the United States and Mexico had not “evolved.”

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Trump tweets his views on border wall haven't changed after Kelly says they have

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he has remained consistent in his plans for a border wall, a day after his chief of staff, John Kelly, said he has "changed his attitude" on it.

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Trump says border wall stance has not 'evolved,' Mexico will pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his proposed wall along the U.S. southern border, saying his position "has never changed or evolved," and that Mexico would pay for the barrier "directly, or indirectly."

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BRIEF-La Quinta Names Keith Cline President And CEO Of Corepoint Lodging

* LA QUINTA HOLDINGS NAMES KEITH A. CLINE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF COREPOINT LODGING INC.

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Souring World Views of Trump Open Doors for China and Russia

A Gallup survey of people in 134 countries found that just 30 percent approved of American leadership under President Trump, a drop of nearly 20 points.

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U.S. tech trade groups urge Trump to let spouses of H1b holders to work

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. technology trade groups on Thursday urged the Trump administration to retain an Obama-era rule that allows certain spouses of highly skilled guest workers to also work legally in the United States.

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Trump administration's infrastructure plan taking shape

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is finalizing its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which would push most of the financing of projects to private investment and state and local taxpayers, according to sources familiar with the proposal taking shape.

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Donald Trump, North Korea, Apple: Your Thursday Briefing

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

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'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met sharp criticism by many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes toward the country's northern neighbor.

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Czech PM Babis, wary of who becomes president, rushes to form new government

PRAGUE (Reuters) - New Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is rushing to form a new government, possibly by the end of February, before a new presidential term begins.

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After Trump denial, Netanyahu clarifies remarks on timeframe for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a step back on Thursday from comments, challenged by U.S. President Donald Trump, that envisioned a one-year timeframe for the planned relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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Asia stocks touch record highs after Wall St. surge, dollar edges back

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks struck record highs on Thursday, with a rally by Wall Street supporting bullish investor sentiment, while the dollar pulled back from three-year lows as comments by European Central Bank officials tempered the euro's recent rally.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks touch record highs after Wall St surge, dollar edges back

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index hits record high, 26-yr peak for Nikkei

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Anderson Cooper: Trump foils WH attempt to shift blame

As Congress and the White House work toward an immigration deal while trying to avoid a government shutdown, there is finger pointing on both sides over who's to blame for the delay. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios to cut back on indie films in programing shift: sources

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc, which has made waves in recent years buying art-house movies at the Sundance Film Festival, is heading to the prestigious event this week with a long-term change in the works: It plans to shift resources from independent films to more commercial projects, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Fearing Trump blowback, GOPers say 'no thanks' to 2018

Politicians -- good ones, at least -- make their bones by knowing which way the wind is blowing. And right now, it's a gale force gust right in the faces of Republicans.

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Tech We’re Using: How Technology Is (and Isn’t) Changing Our Reading Habits

Alexandra Alter, who covers books for The Times, discussed the limits to how tech has transformed the industry.

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Are You Ready to (Dress Like You) Rock?

How the fastest growing designer in men’s wear built a big business in no time flat by selling his customers on a dream: That they, too, could shred.

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WH official: Trump has been 'pretty clear' about what it will take for DACA deal

Amid confusion in Washington over what kind of immigration bill President Donald Trump would sign, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that the President has made his priorities clear.

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

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

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U.S. senators rip Trump over his attacks on the media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake castigated President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his attacks on the media, saying Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and inspired modern-day authoritarians.

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This is a fight with China that Trump may want to avoid

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Conan: Trump's comments are irrelevant

CNN's Anderson Cooper sits down with show host Conan O'Brien to discuss his upcoming trip to Haiti following President Trump's comments about the country.

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Trump Hands Out ‘Fake News Awards,’ Sans the Red Carpet

President Trump made good on his promise to honor the media’s “most corrupt & biased,” delivering his awards in a blog post.

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More Details Emerge About Trump’s Relationship With Porn Star

In Touch published excerpts from its 2011 interview with Stephanie Clifford, in which she details her first encounter with Donald Trump.

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Actress linked to Trump told story in 2011

Some media outlets shelved a story that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stormy Daniels and President Donald Trump before the 2016 election. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Asia stocks reach record highs after Wall St. surge, dollar edges back

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks struck record highs on Thursday, with a rally by Wall Street supporting bullish investor sentiment, while the dollar pulled back from three-year lows as comments by European Central Bank officials tempered the euro's recent rally.

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Oil producer Obsidian Energy hits back at activist FrontFour Capital

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canadian oil sands producer Obsidian Energy Ltd said on Wednesday it could not add major shareholder FrontFour Capital's candidate to its board, despite "extensive" negotiations.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks reach record highs after Wall St surge, dollar edges back

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index hits record high, Nikkei at 26-yr peak

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (January 17) - Bob Dole, Apple, Fiat, ISIS, Fake news

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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

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

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Trump says solar tariff decision coming soon, stakes huge for industry

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, “Everybody goes out of business.”

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Asia stocks near record highs after Wall St. surge, dollar edges back

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were near record highs on Thursday, with a rally by Wall Street supporting bullish investor sentiment, while the dollar pulled back from three-year lows as the euro's recent rally lost steam.

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Erin Burnett to Trump: What is your stance?

CNN's Erin Burnett breaks down the confusion on Capitol Hill and in the White House over DACA and the border wall — two crucial issues at the center of a looming government shutdown.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump Gets His Sanity Grades

Relax, this man knows his camels.

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

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

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Trump administration bars Haitians from U.S. visas for low-skilled work

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said on Wednesday, bringing an end to a small-scale effort to employ Haitians in the United States after a catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks near record highs after Wall St surge, dollar edges back

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index hits record high, Nikkei at 26-yr peak

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Trump looks to boost Republican in Pennsylvania special election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a disastrous loss for Republicans in Alabama last month, President Donald Trump will again wade into congressional politics on Thursday when he travels to western Pennsylvania to signal support for the Republican candidate in a special election there.

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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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Trump chief of staff thinks Congress will keep government funded: Fox News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said on Wednesday he believed Congress would pass a stopgap bill to keep the U.S. government funded ahead of a Friday deadline.

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Major U.S. railroads warn Trump against derailing NAFTA

LOMBARD, Ill., Jan 17 (Reuters) - Major U.S. railroads on Wednesday warned President Donald Trump of the potential financial and political consequences of scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement and urged U.S., Mexican, and Canadian officials to find ways to modernize the accord.

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Tillerson's staff prints out the President's tweets for him to read

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's staff prints out President Donald Trump's tweets for him to read, Tillerson said Wednesday, noting he does not have any social media accounts of his own.

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

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

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Exclusive: Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Do not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor's orders.

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Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.

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White House chief of staff tells Democrats he worked to change the President's stance on immigration

White House chief of staff John Kelly, in talking about the wall and immigration, told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that some of President Donald Trump's positions as a candidate were uninformed, sources told CNN.

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Trump on shutdown talks: 'Working on it'

President Donald Trump promised that his administration is "working on it" as he faced a flurry of questions Wednesday about discussions to reach an immigration deal and fund the government.

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Poll: Dems and GOPers divided on if Trump is dividing them

"The Bible tells us," a freshly sworn-in President Trump said during a softer point in his inaugural speech, "how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity."

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Trump says government shutdown 'could happen'

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports on the potential for a government shutdown.

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The Constitution has stopped Trump -- so far

Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, never promised compromise. He instead promised the opposite: reform through sheer force of will. "Nobody knows the system better than me," said Trump when accepting the Republican nomination, "which is why I alone can fix it." The trouble with such a self-centered approach? It is contrary to the Constitution.

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Exclusive: Trump vows to campaign intensively for Republicans, may avoid primaries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to devote much of his time this year to helping Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Congress, but suggested he may stay out of divisive intra-party primary fights.

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Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.

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Scathing Trump book 'Fire and Fury' heads to television

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Wolff's explosive behind-the-scenes book about U.S. President Donald Trump, "Fire and Fury," is headed for television, Hollywood trade publications reported on Wednesday.

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Leon Panetta: World needs to know that Trump is not who we are

The President of the United States recently made a vulgar and disparaging remark about immigrants to our country from poor and impoverished areas of the world. The remark is unsurprising -- it came from a President who seeks to close our country off from the rest of the world.

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Exclusive: Trump considers big 'fine' over China intellectual property theft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States was considering a big "fine" as part of a probe into China's alleged theft of intellectual property, the clearest indication yet that his administration will take retaliatory trade action against China.

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

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

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White House backs short-term government funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House threw its support on Wednesday behind a Republican proposal to pass a stopgap bill that would fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 and avert a shutdown, dealing a blow to Democrats who want such a measure to include immigration protections.

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McConnell: Unclear what Trump wants

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

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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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Exclusive: Trump takes hard line on immigration, rejects 'horrible' bipartisan plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as "horrible" on border security and "very, very weak" on reforms for the legal immigration system.

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Apple, Capitalizing on New Tax Law, Plans to Bring Billions in Cash Back to U.S.

Less than four weeks after President Trump signed a new tax bill, Apple plans to repatriate the vast majority of its $252 billion in cash held abroad.

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British lawmakers back Brexit legislation, stiffer tests yet to come

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers voted in favor of the government's legislative blueprint for Brexit on Wednesday, marking a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May over political opponents who want a softer approach to leaving the European Union.

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Not clear what Trump will support on immigration: Senate leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. Senate said on Wednesday he was waiting to find out what President Donald Trump would support in terms of immigration legislation before devoting floor time to any bill.

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Trump: Russia is not helping with N. Korea

President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Russia of helping North Korea skirt international sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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Eric Trump: 'My father sees one color: green'

Eric Trump is defending his father, President Donald Trump, against accusations that he's racist after he reportedly called certain African nations "shithole countries."

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Senators rip Trump over his attacks on the media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Jeff Flake on Wednesday castigated President Donald Trump for his attacks on the media, comparing his fellow Republican to former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and charging that Trump inspires modern-day authoritarians.

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Exclusive: Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions; Pyongyang getting close on missile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Trump has common form of heart disease

Like most men of his age, President Donald Trump has a common form of heart disease, relatively easy to address if he increases the dose of his cholesterol-lowering medication and makes necessary lifestyle changes. Without those changes, the President has a moderate risk of having a heart attack in the next three to five years, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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North Korea rejects sanctions talk, ready for 'successful' Olympics: diplomat

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea rejects as a "provocation" a U.S.-led meeting in Vancouver that discussed tougher sanctions that Pyongyang will fight, a senior North Korean diplomat told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: Activist investor Sachem Head pushes Whitbread to consider break-up - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Activist investor Sachem Head has asked Whitbread to consider a break up of its Costa Coffee chain from its hotels and restaurant businesses, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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WHITE HOUSE: Flake is criticizing Trump for attention

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responds to the speech Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gave on President Trump's treatment of the press, saying the Senator is looking for attention.

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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.

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U.S. senator compares Trump's attacks on media to Stalin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Jeff Flake on Wednesday castigated President Donald Trump for his attacks on the media, comparing his fellow Republican to former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and charging that Trump inspires modern-day authoritarians.

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Bannon Agrees to Cooperate With Mueller Inquiry

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

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Congo armed groups uniting against President Kabila: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior U.N. official there told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

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

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

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Flake says President charts a 'dangerous path' with attacks on truth, asks Congress to be a check on him

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to rebuke the President for his repeated remarks on "fake news."

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Read Sen. Jeff Flake's speech criticizing Trump

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to rebuke President Donald Trump for his repeated attacks on the media. Read Flake's speech as it was prepared for delivery:

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Senator compares Trump's rhetoric to Stalin

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) condemns President Trump on the Senate floor, comparing the President's attacks on the media to the tactics of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

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See Flake condemn Trump on Senate floor

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) condemns President Trump on the Senate floor, comparing the President's attacks on the media to the tactics of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

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Sen. Jeff Flake defends free press — and criticizes the President for his constant cries of 'fake news'

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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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Fight over Indonesian immigrants back in U.S. court

BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for 51 Indonesians living illegally in New Hampshire are due in court on Wednesday to urge a federal judge to grant an injunction blocking U.S. immigration officials from moving forward with efforts to deport them.

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EU lawmakers back more ambitious renewables, energy saving goals

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption that envisage more ambitious climate goals, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Trump has heart disease

CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in on President Trump's medical exam, saying the numbers provided by Dr. Ronny Jackson prove the president has heart disease.

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Mexico left-wing presidential contender retains lead: poll

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

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BRIEF-Hemispherx Enters Sale/Leaseback Agreement For NJ Development And Production Facility

* HEMISPHERX ENTERS INTO SALE/LEASEBACK AGREEMENT FOR NJ DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION FACILITY

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Top German Social Democrats urge party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading German Social Democrats (SPD) urged delegates on Tuesday to back coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and warned that shunning another tie-up would further damage the party's already dire ratings.