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Sylvester Stallone ‘still punching’ despite death hoax

The actor maintains he is "alive and well" after a bogus online prank claimed he had died. ...read more Read more here: Sylvester Stallone 'still punching' despite death hoax ...
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Florida shooting: Military school posthumously admits student

US military academy West Point has admitted slain student Peter Wang, 15, to the class of 2025. ...read more Read more here: Florida shooting: Military school posthumously admits student ...
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Watch Live: White House Press Briefing With Sarah Sanders (Feb. 20)

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is scheduled to deliver an on-camera press briefing on Tuesday around 2 p.m. EST. It will be the first on-camera briefing since Wednesday's mass shooting at a South Florida high school left 17 people dead. ...read more Read more here: Watch Live: White House Press Briefing With Sarah Sanders (Feb. 20) ...
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Why Shuri, Black Panther’s teen girl genius, is Marvel’s most promising character in ages

By Caroline Framke Move over, Tony Stark. Black Panther has revealed a whole world beyond what superhero movies had ever dared to dream of. The truth of its fictional African nation of Wakanda, which has been hidden under a layer of deceptively barren plains for generations, is that it's a secret utopia overflowing with precious vibranium and technological marvels the likes of which not even the alien gods of Asgard could imagine. The best part, though? The mastermind behind Wakanda's most astonishing innovations is none other than a brilliant, cheeky-as-hell teen girl. King T'Challa's 16-year-old sister Shuri (the wonderful Letitia ...
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U.S. Satisfaction With World Standing Hits 13-Year High

U.S. Satisfaction With World Standing Hits 13-Year High

Americans' satisfaction with the United States' position in the world is at a 13-year high, but most still think President Donald Trump's world standing is dismal. ...read more Read more here: U.S. Satisfaction With World Standing Hits 13-Year High ...
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The Trump administration is quietly helping states defund Planned Parenthood

By Anna North Democrats fear anti-abortion advocates are writing Trump's health care policy — and the results could harm patients nationwide. Republicans in state legislatures have been trying for years to strip funding from Planned Parenthood. In January, the Trump administration gave them a gift, reversing Obama-era guidance regarding Medicaid funds. The change could make it harder for low-income patients in red states to get reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood, and some fear it could ultimately affect patients in blue states as well. But that's not all. According to documents provided to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) by a whistleblower ...
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Sergio Aguero: Manchester City striker avoids punishment for fan altercation

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not be punished by the Football Association following an altercation with a fan after Monday's FA Cup defeat by Wigan. ...read more Read more here: Sergio Aguero: Manchester City striker avoids punishment for fan altercation ...
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A Trump tweet echoed RT and Breitbart criticisms of the FBI’s Russia distraction

By Ricky Zipp The anatomy of a Trump tweet. In a span of four days, a controversial former police chief's theory linking the FBI's Russia investigation and the Florida school shooting made its way to the president of the United States' Twitter account, where he shared it with his 48 million followers. Of course, it's not the first time Trump has tweeted something controversial. But the fact that the president used a national tragedy to disparage the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is raising some eyebrows. On February 17, the ...
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Democrats Push for Gun Control as Campaign Issue

By James Arkin Democrats have renewed their calls for tighter gun control measures in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, vowing to make it a campaign issue this year. Despite minimal success galvanizing voters around such measures in past elections, some advocates are hopeful it could be a more salient issue in this year's midterms. It's difficult to predict if that will be the case, especially when recent history shows that the public's attention diminishes once the immediate horror and aftermath of a shooting fades. Democrats repeatedly pushed the issue... ...read more Read ...
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Trump Knows Well That Everyone Has a Price

By Richard Cohen On April 29, 1962, John F. Kennedy gave a White House dinner for Nobel Prize winners. The president famously observed that his guests were "the most extraordinary collection of talent ... that has ever been gathered together at the White House -- with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." Many years later, in 2007 to be exact, Donald Trump hosted an event in Los Angeles to launch his brand of vodka. At his table were his eldest son and his daughter-in-law -- as well as Trump's alleged mistress du jour and Kim Kardashian. Thomas ...
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Trump's Staggering Dereliction of Duty

By Ruth Marcus WASHINGTON -- National security adviser H.R. McMaster is in the news -- and apparently in the presidential doghouse -- for stating the obvious: that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election is "now really incontrovertible." So it is appropriate to take, as this column's theme, the title of McMaster's book on the Vietnam war, "Dereliction of Duty." McMaster was writing about military leaders' failure to stand up to presidents who insisted on pursuing an unwinnable war. Now, in the White House in which McMaster serves, the dereliction of duty starts at the top. And, as the ...
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Trump’s new plan to poke holes in the Obamacare markets, explained

By Dylan Scott Get to know short-term limited-duration insurance. The Trump administration is opening up a new avenue for Americans to buy health insurance that does not comply with the Affordable Care Act's regulations, the latest step in Donald Trump's administrative crusade against the health care law. The US Department of Health and Human Services' new proposed regulations would allow Americans to buy short-term insurance for up to 364 days. That coverage is allowed to skirt several of the health care law's core provisions: Plans can deny people insurance based on their medical history, charge them higher premiums because of ...
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Another volcano just erupted in the “Ring of Fire”

By Umair Irfan Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have been rattling countries around the Pacific Rim this year. A massive column of smoke and ash shot nearly 10 miles into the sky above Sumatra Monday morning as Mount Sinabung, one of three currently active volcanoes in Indonesia, began erupting. It's the latest rumble in what's already been a very rowdy couple of months along the Ring of Fire, the geological region that follows the 25,000-mile perimeter of the Pacific Ocean and is home to 90 percent of the world's earthquakes. Pacific Ring of Fire continues to be active. Strongest eruption in ...
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Pro-Syria forces ‘enter Kurd-held enclave’

Convoys enter Afrin in northern Syria, raising the risk of clashes with Turkey, reports say. ...read more Read more here: Pro-Syria forces 'enter Kurd-held enclave' ...
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Malaysian artist jailed for mocking Prime Minister Najib Razak

Fahmi Reza's caricature depicts Najib Razak as a clown and went viral during protests against him. ...read more Read more here: Malaysian artist jailed for mocking Prime Minister Najib Razak ...
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Mueller charges attorney with making false statements about Rick Gates communications

Mueller charges attorney with making false statements about Rick Gates communications

By webin@politico.com (POLITICO Staff) Special counsel Robert Mueller's team on Tuesday announced the latest target in his sprawling probe, saying attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan made false statements about past communications with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.Gates faces criminal charges from Mueller over his lobbying work in Ukraine. Mueller said Van Der Zwaan, who worked for a law firm that did work in Ukraine in 2012, made false statements about communications in 2016 with Gates and an unnamed person.Van Der Zwaan is expected to appear in federal court in Washington Tuesday afternoon to offer a guilty plea to the ...
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Guns and Midterms; Redrawing Pa.; Memo to Comey; Breaking Barriers

Guns and Midterms; Redrawing Pa.; Memo to Comey; Breaking Barriers

By Carl M. Cannon Good morning, it's Tuesday, February 20, 2018. I hope you had a meaningful three-day weekend, although this Presidents' Day was riven by bitter and ever-escalating debates over gun control, the FBI investigation into Russia spying, and President Trump -- as well as Trump's flurry of Twitter commentaries over guns, Russia, and the FBI. Sometimes in this morning note, I try to provide perspective by pointing out how problems similar to those we face today have been confronted, and overcome, before. Other times, and this is the easier path, I point to an uplifting historical... ...read more ...
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Thousands cancel Oxfam donations over Haiti scandal

MPs to hold full inquiry into sexual misconduct in the aid sector, as Oxfam says 26 new cases reported. ...read more Read more here: Thousands cancel Oxfam donations over Haiti scandal ...
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How Much Will Redrawn Pa. Map Affect the Midterms?

By Sean Trende The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently revealed its newly drawn maps for the commonwealth. If you're interested in a down-in-the-weeds analysis of what the court's 5-2 Democratic majority did with each congressional district, I recommend this explainer from the New York Times. The bottom line is this: The court acted largely within the confines of its initial order, which demanded compactness, contiguity and minimal jurisdictional splits. Within those confines, however, it repeatedly made choices that increased the Democrats' odds of winning districts. For example,... ...read more Read more here: How Much Will Redrawn Pa. Map Affect the ...
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In November, Democrats Need to Be the Third Party

By Froma Harrop Widespread displeasure with Donald Trump and his party bodes well for Democrats in November. They have a good chance of retaking the House and a decent one of winning a Senate majority. But to get there, they must be smart. And being smart includes attracting Republicans repelled by Trump. There's not going to be a third party any time soon, as much as many centrists crave one. But Democrats can serve as a haven for independents and appalled Republicans wanting options other than the moral wreckage that's become the GOP. At least in 2018. For patriotic conservatives ...
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Post-Brexit UK won’t be like Mad Max, says David Davis

The Brexit secretary promises the UK will maintain high standards and regulations outside the EU. ...read more Read more here: Post-Brexit UK won't be like Mad Max, says David Davis ...
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Alex Hales: Notts & England opener to play only limited-overs cricket

Nottinghamshire's England opener Alex Hales is to follow Adil Rashid's lead and give up red-ball cricket. ...read more Read more here: Alex Hales: Notts & England opener to play only limited-overs cricket ...
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Winter Olympics: Elise Christie’s hopes over after 1,000m disqualification

Briton Elise Christie's hopes of winning a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics are over after she is disqualified in her 1,000m short track heat. ...read more Read more here: Winter Olympics: Elise Christie's hopes over after 1,000m disqualification ...
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‘Upskirting’ should be criminal offence, campaigners say

Campaigners say a law change in England and Wales would make it easier for police to take action. ...read more Read more here: 'Upskirting' should be criminal offence, campaigners say ...
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Winter Olympics: USA beat Slovakia to reach men’s ice hockey quarter-finals

The USA men's ice hockey team reach the quarter-finals at the Winter Olympics with victory over Slovakia in Pyeongchang. ...read more Read more here: Winter Olympics: USA beat Slovakia to reach men's ice hockey quarter-finals ...
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Winter Olympics: Elizabeth Swaney the ‘best’ and worst’ Olympian

Elizabeth Swaney made it to the Olympics via a loophole; hilarious and inspirational or just unfair? ...read more Read more here: Winter Olympics: Elizabeth Swaney the 'best' and worst' Olympian ...
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U.S. Leadership Image Suffers Most Among Friendly Nations

U.S. Leadership Image Suffers Most Among Friendly Nations

The most significant declines in U.S. leadership approval between 2016 and 2017 occurred in freer nations connected to the U.S. through a dense network of political and economic ties. ...read more Read more here: U.S. Leadership Image Suffers Most Among Friendly Nations ...
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Syria war: Scores of civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta strikes

As many as 98 people may have been killed in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. ...read more Read more here: Syria war: Scores of civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta strikes ...
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Ex-Cyclone Gita: Christchurch declares state of emergency

The storm, which caused widespread damage in Tonga and Fiji last week, has now hit New Zealand. ...read more Read more here: Ex-Cyclone Gita: Christchurch declares state of emergency ...
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Peru’s ex-President Fujimori ordered to stand trial again

A court says the ex-president's recent pardon will not count in a case involving six dead farmers. ...read more Read more here: Peru's ex-President Fujimori ordered to stand trial again ...
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