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Today School Massacre 1 Year Later: A Time to Remember the Victims

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims’ parents and surviving students into political activists and at least temporarily ended the local sheriff’s career. But Thursday’s anniversary will primarily be about remembering the 14 students and three staff members who died in the third high-profile mass shooting in Florida since 2016.

Today Congress Advances Border Security Bill Without Trump Border Wall

The U.S. Congress on Thursday aimed to end a dispute over border security with legislation that would ignore President Donald Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to help build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border but avoid a partial government shutdown.

Today U.S.-China Trade Talks Move to Higher Level as Deadline Looms

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was looking forward to trade talks with China on Thursday, as discussions in Beijing moved to a higher level in a push to de-escalate a tariff war ahead of a March 1 deadline for a deal.

Today Manafort Intentionally Lied To Special Counsel, Judge Says

A federal judge has ruled that President Trump's former 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's office after agreeing to cooperate with its investigation into interference by Russia into the last presidential election.

Yesterday House to Vote on Government Funding Bill Late Thursday

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on bipartisan legislation to fund the government, including border security, on Thursday.

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.

U.S. Jury Reaches Verdict in Trial of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

A U.S. jury has reached a verdict in the drug-trafficking trial of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, a court official said on Tuesday.

Mark Kelly Announces Run for McCain Senate Seat in Arizona

Kelly, 54, is a top Democratic recruit to take on Republican Martha McSally in one of the most closely contested Senate races of the 2020 election.

Whitaker: I Have 'not interfered' With Mueller Investigation

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker insisted on Friday that he has not “interfered in any way” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. are introducing a framework defining what they call a "Green New Deal" — what they foresee as a massive policy package that would remake the U.S. economy and, they hope, eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions.

Democrats Speechless as Scandal Engulfs Virginia’s Leaders

With Virginia’s top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications.

Trump Calls for Bipartisanship, a Hard Line on Immigration

Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency.

5 Takeaways from Trump's State of the Union Speech

President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling on Democrats and Republicans to work together and making only brief reference to the rancor that has dominated his presidency. Five key takeaways from his remarks...

In Democratic Response, Abrams Sharply Rebukes Trump

Stacey Abrams harnessed the frustration of Democrats on Tuesday with a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump for abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord.

2nd North Korea Nuclear Summit Will Take Place In Vietnam This Month, Trump Says

A second nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled for the end of the month in Vietnam. President Trump made the announcement during Tuesday's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

U.S. General Says Wasn't Consulted on Trump's Syria Pullout Order

“I was not consulted,” said U.S. General Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. military’s Central Command, while acknowledging Trump had publicly expressed a desire to leave Syria at some point.

U.S. Suspends Compliance on Weapons Treaty With Russia

The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

Trump Phones Venezuela's Guaido as U.S. Pushes for Maduro to go

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president by phone on Wednesday, reiterating support for his “fight to regain democracy,” as Washington’s push to force socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power picked up steam.

 U.S. Sanctions Venezuela State Oil Firm, Escalating Pressure on Maduro

The Trump administration on Monday imposed sweeping sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA, aimed at severely curbing the OPEC member’s crude exports to the United States and at pressuring socialist President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Taliban Talks: Draft Framework For Afghanistan Peace 'Agreed'

US and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, Washington's top negotiator has said.

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INTERNATIONAL

Today IS Defends Last Syria Redoubt, As Family Members Flee

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday launched a final push to expel IS fighters from the sole remaining morsel of the proto-state they declared in 2014 across parts of Syria and Iraq.

Today Spain Budget Failure Puts Snap Election On The Cards

Spain's Socialist government is widely expected to call a snap general election after failing to get its budget through parliament.

Yesterday China Talks With Venezuela Opposition to Protect Investments

China has been holding talks with Venezuela’s political opposition to safeguard its investments in the troubled Latin American nation, hedging its bets as pressure builds on Nicolás Maduro, the embattled leader for whom Beijing has been a vital ally.

Yesterday Brexit: Theresa May promises meaningful vote after more talks with EU

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi’ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to this day.

As Revolution Turns 40, Iran Taunts U.S., Vaunts Military

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi’ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to this day.

Finland's Basic Income Trial Boosts Happiness But Not Employment

Finland’s basic income scheme did not spur its unemployed recipients to work more to supplement their earnings as hoped but it did help their wellbeing, researchers said on Friday as the government announced initial findings.

Brazil Mourns After Football Training Facility Fire Kills 10

The pre-dawn blaze in Rio de Janeiro hit a building that housed players aged 14 to 17, firefighters said.

Russia Says It Will Build New Missile Systems Within 2 Years

Russia's defense minister ordered work to begin on new land-based intermediate range missiles Tuesday, to be ready within two years. The move comes in response to the U.S. decision to pull out of a key nuclear arms treaty that symbolized the end of the Cold War.

Paris Fire: Ten Dead and Many Injured at Apartment Block

Ten people including a baby have died in a fire at an eight-storey building in south-western Paris, fire service officials say.

Russia Plans New Missile Systems to Counter U.S. by 2021

Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for leaving the European Union - the only one on the table - was voted down by parliament on Tuesday. And, given the constant stream of analysis and speculation, you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. So let's break it down...

Guaido Strengthened by Europe Backing as Venezuela leader

International clamor for snap elections in Venezuela intensified Monday as European powers recognized opposition chief Juan Guaido as interim leader after President Nicolas Maduro rejected their ultimatum to call presidential polls.

Italy Slides Into Recession After Economy Shrinks

The Italian economy contracted in the fourth quarter of 2018, dragged down by slowing European growth and global trade tensions, plunging the country into a technical recession, official data showed Thursday.

Brexit Brinkmanship - UK Demands Deal Change, EU Says 'non'

British Prime Minister Theresa May was on a collision course with the European Union on Wednesday after lawmakers demanded she renegotiate a Brexit divorce deal that the other members of the bloc said they would not reopen.

Venezuela Opposition Urges Walkouts to Pressure Maduro

Opposition leader Juan Guaido is looking to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro with walkouts across Venezuela on Wednesday, just a day after the embattled socialist administration barred Guaido from leaving the country while he is investigated for anti-government activities.

Kim Jong Un Praises President Donald Trump and his 'Good Personal Letter' Ahead of Second Summit

Kim Jong Un has received another letter from President Donald Trump, one that prompted the young leader to express "great satisfaction," according to North Korean state media and confirmed by a senior administration official.

FINANCE

Yesterday Wall St. Opens Higher on Trade Hopes, Progress to Avert Government Shutdown

U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday, buoyed by a tentative deal reached by U.S. lawmakers to avoid another partial government shutdown and as the United States and China expressed optimism about the ongoing trade talks.

Apple iPhone Shipments Dive in China as Huawei Tightens Grip

Apple Inc.’s Chinese smartphone shipments plummeted an estimated 20 percent in 2018’s final quarter, underscoring the scale of the iPhone maker’s retreat in the world’s largest mobile device arena against local rivals like Huawei Technologies Co.

U.S. Stocks Slump Toward Worst Week Since December

U.S. stocks fell for a third day, helping drag global equities toward their first weekly decline of the year as concern over economic growth and trade disputes halted the torrid post-Christmas rally. Treasuries climbed.

Biggest Bank Merger in a Decade Comes as Industry Faces 'Tough' Growth Outlook

The banking industry is heading into a difficult environment and that's why they are teaming up. On Thursday, BB&T announced it will buy SunTrust Banks for $28.24 billion in an all-stock deal, or a 7 percent premium of $62.85 per share. The merged company will be the sixth-largest bank in the U.S., bringing its assets to around $442 billion. The deal is also the biggest for the industry since the financial crisis.

GM Cutting 4,000 Workers

General Motors on Monday said it was starting to hand pink slips to about 4,000 salaried workers in the latest round of a restructuring announced in late November that will ultimately shrink its white-collar workforce in North America by 15 percent out of 54,000.

The Safest Trade on Wall Street is Entering the Danger Zone

Big-name funds are issuing words of caution that the safest trade on Wall Street, betting on low-volatility stocks to protect against market turmoil, is looking increasingly precarious.

 Trump to Meet China Trade Negotiator in Final Day of Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet China’s top trade negotiator in the Oval Office on Thursday for high-level talks, with little indication that Beijing will bend to American demands to deepen economic reforms.

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