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Health Care Defeat Rattles Markets in Sign of Loss of Confidence in Trump

Mar 27 2017 — — The withdrawal of the Republican health care bill was blamed for sharp drops Monday morning in a number of leading U.S. economic indicators, including the dollar’s drop to nearly a two-month low. The inability to overhaul the U.S. health care system, a major campaign promise of President Donald Trump and his allies, marked a significant […]

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Russia investigations face critical week in Congress

Mar 27 2017 — — Lawmakers investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 US elections head into a critical week with the prospect that the House investigation could struggle to stay away from drama and a continued push by President Donald Trump’s supporters to shift the focus from Russia to leaks in the intelligence community. House investigators set the stage last […]

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How Trump’s health care loss will shape his presidency

Mar 27 2017 — — The fate of Donald Trump’s presidency may hinge on what he does next. His failure to convert the core campaign promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare — even with a GOP monopoly on power in Washington — has left the White House reeling. Trump and his advisers must now regroup and try to figure out […]

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Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead US federal overhaul

Mar 27 2017 — — President Donald Trump is expected to unveil a new unit aimed at overhauling the US federal bureaucracy, and headed by his son-in-law Jared Kushner. The Washington Post, which has reported the move, describes the Office of Innovation as a “Swat team” of former private-sector executives. It will have sweeping powers to reform government procedures, the […]

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Russia protests: Kremlin condemns ‘provocation’

Mar 27 2017 — — The Kremlin has responded to mass protests on Sunday by accusing the opposition of encouraging lawbreaking and provoking violence. Some young people were paid to attend, a presidential spokesman said, but added that the message from legal protests would be listened to. Defiant Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, one of hundreds detained, appeared in court […]

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Corruption protests held across Russia; arrests reported

Mar 26 2017 — — Russian protesters denouncing government corruption have gathered in cities across Russia and some have scuffled with police. The Sunday protests appear to be one of the largest co-ordinated outpourings of dissatisfaction since the massive 2011-12 demonstrations following a fraud-tainted parliamentary election. The demonstrations are driven by opposition leader Alexei Navalny and focus on his recent […]

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Sources: Trump learned a lesson on dealmaking

Mar 26 2017 — — Republican sources close to the White House, aides inside the Trump administration, and GOP congressional staff involved in the health care process appear to agree on one thing: President Donald Trump has received a stinging lesson on dealmaking in Washington. “He didn’t care or particularly know about health care,” a key GOP congressional aide said […]

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Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One killed, 14 injured

Mar 26 2017 — — One person was killed and 14 others injured when gunfire broke out at a nightclub in Cincinnati early Sunday, police said. The shooting occurred at Cameo Night Club just after 1 a.m. ET, CNN affiliate WLWT reported. Several people are undergoing surgery, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz told CNN. Police do not have any suspects […]

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Oklahoma lawmaker defends pregnancy from rape and incest as ‘beauty from ashes’

Mar 25 2017 — — In defending his controversial antiabortion legislation, Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught said that even in pregnancies that result from rape or incest, “God can bring beauty from ashes.” Faught made the statement during a debate on the Oklahoma House floor earlier this week. Faught’s bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House on Tuesday, would outlaw abortions […]

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Las Vegas Strip shooting leaves one dead and one wounded

Mar 25 2017 — — Two people were shot, one fatally, on a bus on the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday, police spokesman Officer Larry Hadfield said. Hadfield said the second person shot had minor injuries and was hospitalized. The male shooting suspect is barricaded on the bus and tactical teams and negotiators are on the scene on Las Vegas […]

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Trump’s art of no deal: Find someone to blame

Mar 25 2017 — — President Donald Trump likes winning. But on Friday he failed. Lacking sufficient support, Republicans were forced to pull their bill to replace Obamacare from the floor of the GOP-controlled House. Speaking soon after accepting defeat, Trump didn’t shoulder the responsibility himself, nor did he pin the blame on House GOP leadership or any of the […]

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Some Trump-friendly media striking out at him after health care failure

Mar 25 2017 — — President Trump faced an onslaught of criticism Friday for his failure to repeal and replace Obamacare — and the harshest treatment may have come from right-wing media. Many conservative websites seemed even more eager than progressive sites to stress the “catastrophe” or “humiliation” that was the failure of the American Health Care Act. The scrutiny […]

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Trump’s ex-national security adviser ‘discussed Gulen removal’

Mar 25 2017 — — President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed removing from the US a Muslim cleric wanted by Turkey, according to ex-CIA director James Woolsey. Turkey accuses the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, of orchestrating last July’s failed coup. In a video interview, Mr Woolsey told the Wall Street Journal he was present at a discussion about […]

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U.S.-led Mosul airstrike may have killed over 100 civilians

Mar 24 2017 — — Iraqi rescue workers continued pulling bodies from the rubble of a collapsed building in the al-Jadida neighbourhood of Western Mosul on Friday. According to eyewitnesses, the building, which was being used as a shelter by people fleeing ISIS militants, was hit by a coalition missile.