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Today Trump Faces Senate Revolt in Vote on Border Emergency

President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency on the US-Mexico border looks likely to be dealt a blow by dissident Republican senators.

Today Democrat Beto O'Rourke Jumps Into 2020 Presidential Race

O’Rourke followed his announcement with a trip to Iowa, the Midwestern farm state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.

Ex-Trump Aide Manafort Hit With 3-1/2 More Years in Prison

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Wednesday to about 3-1/2 more years in prison by a judge who assailed him over his lies and criminal behavior, then was hit with a new indictment in New York on a fresh set of charges outside the reach of a potential presidential pardon.

Actresses, CEOs Charged in Nationwide College Admissions Cheating Scam

Hollywood actors, including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and a slew of chief executives are among 50 people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam, according to court records unsealed in Boston Tuesday.

Trump 2020 Budget Slashes Foreign Aid, Hikes Defense Spending

President Donald Trump on Monday asked Congress in his fiscal 2020 budget to slash spending for foreign aid while increasing spending on the military and for the wall he wants to build on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Chelsea Manning Jailed for Refusing to Testify on Wikileaks

Manning has said she objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process, and that she already revealed everything she knows at her court-martial.

FBI Most Wanted Murder Suspect Arrested in Maryland After Over 4 Years on the Run

Lamont Stephenson, who had been wanted since being identified as a suspect in a 2014 murder, was found sleeping in a rental truck at about 2 a.m. in Prince George's County, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Alabama's Tornado Dead Range from 6 to 93; One Family Lost 7

The youngest victim was 6, the oldest 93. One family lost seven members.

Trump Agreed to Nothing With North Korea — and Completely Defied the Experts

As U.S. and North Korean delegations geared up for a second summit between their two leaders, many analyst predictions were identical. Both sides, the experts said in published notes and interviews, would pocket some easy wins during the two days of meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam — but nothing major would happen. As he often does, U.S. President Donald Trump defied expectations, walking away from the negotiating table and canceling a pre-planned agreement signing. There was no new deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump Business Aides Under Microscope After Cohen Names Names

President Donald Trump probably isn’t the only one sweating over the testimony from his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Three top executives of the Trump Organization were implicated by Cohen on Wednesday, suggesting they may face scrutiny by federal prosecutors.

Senator Sanders Urges FDA to Allow Older Versions of $375K Drug

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders this week urged regulators to allow pharmacies and manufacturers to resume distributing unbranded, lower-cost versions of a drug used to treat a rare neuromuscular disorder, according to a letter provided by his office to Reuters.

Cohen Accuses Trump Over WikiLeaks, Calls him 'Racist' and 'Conman'

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will tell the U.S. Congress on Wednesday that Trump is a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat” who knew in advance about a release of emails by the Wikileaks website aimed at hurting his 2016 Democratic presidential rival.

North Korea's Kim Awaits Trump in Vietnam for Second Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump where they will try to reach agreement on how to implement a North Korean pledge to give up its nuclear weapons.

Trump: North Korea 'Could Be Great Power' Without Nuclear Weapons

President Trump said the nation had "more potential for rapid growth than any other".

Here's What May Happen When The Mueller Investigation Is Completed

The Russia investigation could be on the verge of a spectacular finale — or it could be about to puff out like a damp firecracker.

Exclusive: U.S., China Sketch Outlines of Deal to End Trade War

The United States and China have started to outline commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking the most significant progress yet toward ending a seven-month trade war, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

Senate Uncovered No Direct Evidence of Conspiracy Between Trump Campaign and Russia

The Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end of its investigation into the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee.

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INTERNATIONAL

Today PM to Bring Third Brexit Deal Vote to Commons

Theresa May will make a third attempt to get her EU withdrawal deal through Parliament in the next week.

8 Killed in Mass Shooting in Southern Brazil School

Two young men wearing hoods and carrying guns, knives and crossbows opened fire at a school in southern Brazil on Wednesday, killing eight people before taking their own lives, authorities said.

Canada Joins Ban on Boeing Crash Aircraft

Canada has grounded the world's third largest fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet on Sunday.

Boeing: UK Joins Wave of Countries Grounding the 737 Max

The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday is drawing renewed scrutiny of the plane just four months after a similar crash of the same model that killed 189 people in Indonesia.

Venezuela Congress Declares 'State of Alarm' Over Blackout

Venezuela’s opposition-run congress on Monday declared a “state of alarm” over a five-day power blackout that has crippled the OPEC member country’s oil exports and left millions of citizens scrambling to find food and water.

Huawei: The story of a controversial company

Huawei is thought to be a year ahead of its competitors in terms of its technological expertise and what it can offer customers, according to industry sources.

North Korea Said to be Rebuilding Structures at Rocket Site

The finding follows a high-stakes nuclear summit last week between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump that ended without any agreement.

Juan Guaidó Flies Back to Venezuela Despite Arrest Risk

Venezuela's self-declared interim leader Juan Guaidó has arrived back in the country's capital, Caracas, where he risks arrest.

Pakistan Hands Captured Indian Pilot Back to India

The Pakistani military has said his plane was downed on the Pakistani-held side of Kashmir on Wednesday.

Pakistan Pledges to Release Captive Indian Fighter Pilot

Pakistan's prime minister pledged on Thursday his country would release a captured Indian fighter pilot, a move that could help defuse the most serious confrontation in two decades between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir.

FINANCE

Today China and U.S. to Push Back Trump-Xi Meeting to at Least April

Stocks edged lower and the dollar gained as investors weighed fresh developments in trade talks between the world’s two largest economies.

U.S. Core Inflation Unexpectedly Cools on Autos, Drug Prices

Excluding food and energy, the so-called core consumer price index rose 0.1 percent from the prior month and 2.1 percent from a year earlier, according to a Labor Department report Tuesday. Those figures trailed the median estimates of economists.

US Stocks Fall in Morning Trading, Extending Weekly Losses

U.S. stocks moved lower in morning trading, led by banks and technology companies, putting the market on track for its first losing week since January.

U.S. Trade Deficit Hits 10-Year High in 2018 on Record Imports

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday that an 18.8 percent jump in the trade deficit in December had contributed to the $621.0 billion shortfall last year. The 2018 deficit was the largest since 2008 and followed a $552.3 billion gap in 2017.

U.S. Personal Income Falls; Spending Weakest Since 2009

U.S. personal income fell for the first time in more than three years in January as dividends and interest payments dropped, pointing to moderate growth in consumer spending after it fell by the most since 2009 in December.

Fourth-Quarter GDP Increases 2.6%, Better than Expected

U.S. economic growth was better than expected as 2018 came to a close, with GDP rising 2.6 percent, according to a first estimate the Commerce Department released Thursday.

Dow Slides 150 Points on Fears China Trade Deal Closing is not Certain

Stocks fell on Wednesday as investors grappled with key testimonies on U.S.-China trade relations, Federal Reserve monetary policy as well as a host of geopolitical issues.

Tesla Shares Fall After SEC Asks Judge to Hold Elon Musk in Contempt for Violating Deal

Shares of Tesla were lower in premarket trading Tuesday after the Securities and Exchange Commission asked a judge to hold Elon Musk in contempt for violating its deal. The SEC cited an "inaccurate" February 19 tweet about production, Bloomberg first reported.

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