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Merkel 'explained' convention to Trump in phone call

German chancellor speaks to president amid international anger over US ban on people from seven Muslim countries<p>Donald Trump’s executive order to halt travel from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia – has provoked a wave of concern and condemnation …

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The very long list of Republicans in Congress who have taken no position on Trump's refugee ban

And a much shorter list of Democrats.<p><i>Note: We’ve stopped checking for statements by members of Congress.</i><p>Donald Trump’s executive order, which bans entry into the US if you’re from one of seven Muslim-majority countries, was signed on Friday afternoon. Almost every Democratic member of Congress …

Four federal judges issue orders blocking parts of Trump’s executive order on immigration

President Trump issued an executive order late Friday afternoon that, as the New York Times summarizes, “suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly …

As the White House changes course on climate change, California stubbornly presses forward

With cheese and shrimp cocktail piled on their plates, guests strolled the exhibit like patrons at an art gallery, sipping beer and pausing to ponder the displays that lined the room. But instead of paintings or sculptures, they were examining scientific charts about climate change at a state …

Cap and Trade

Hollande: Trump administration is 'encouraging extremism'

French president calls on European countries to stand ‘stand together’ at meeting of leaders in Lisbon<p>French president François Hollande has said that the Trump administration was encouraging “populism and even extremism“, as he and fellow southern European leaders urged unity to face an …

How Does Trump's Immigration Freeze Square With His Business Interests?

Even as President Trump takes steps to restrict visitors from some majority-Muslim countries, he and his family continue to do business in some of the others.<p>Ethics experts question whether that might indicate conflicts between Trump's business interests and his role as U.S. president.<p>The executive …

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First Health Care Repeal Deadline Missed by Congress

Ways and Means, Energy report expected in mid-to-late February<p>The four authorizing committees in the House and Senate that were directed to mark up …

Health Care

Canada considering global fund to counter Trump abortion directive

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada will increase its funding for global sexual and reproductive rights, possibly through a safe-abortion fund announced by the Netherlands this week that was in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's order banning U.S. funding for …

These mind-bending graphics show the complexity of Donald Trump's business ties

President Donald Trump spent decades in the business world before launching his political career. His vast business empire and the conflicts of interest it could pose were scrutinized throughout his administration's transition and into the first week of his presidency.<p>Before the inauguration, Trump …

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A whirlwind week: Trump's first 14 official presidential actions

The president has announced actions in a range of policy areas – even before appointing key officials in federal agencies charged with implementing them<p>Donald Trump took 14 official presidential actions in his first week in office. While the actions do not have the force of law, they do represent …

Trump’s executive order on refugees closes America to those who need it most

It lays the groundwork for a fundamental shift in how the US allows people to enter the country.<p>On Friday, President Donald Trump overhauled US refugee policy — laying the groundwork for a fundamental shift in how the US allows people to enter the country.<p>Trump signed an executive order Friday …

John McCain is quickly becoming Trump’s chief antagonist in the Senate

After Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won his primary, it took him precisely one day to ditch Donald Trump. McCain campaigned for reelection on the premise that Hillary Clinton would win and that he could be a check on the White House.<p>Trump's win does not seem to have changed McCain's plan all that much.<p>…

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Mikhail Gorbachev: It 'looks as if the world is preparing for war' as nuclear threat re-emerges

Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that a new arms race means "the nuclear threat once again seems real" as he stated it "looks as if the world is preparing for war".<p>The former Soviet leader called on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to work together to take steps to reduce the world's nuclear …

The intolerance of the left: Trump's win as seen from Walt Disney's hometown

Ivy League graduates micromanaging the country – that’s how some in Marceline, Missouri, saw the status quo. In his native midwest, Thomas Frank investigates how the president won support despite local misgivings<p>Liberal Americans like to think we know the answer to a lot of things – including why …

Almost everyone in Trump’s cabinet has experience with public education—except the education secretary

Among the myriad of objections leveled at Betsy DeVos, US president Donald Trump’s pick to lead American public education, the most stark is the fact that she’s never actually attended a public high school or university. Nor have her four children.<p>The criticism becomes all the sharper when looking …

Education

North Korea Defector Says Elite Turning Their Backs On Kim Jong Un

North Korean elites have turned their backs on leader Kim Jong Un and dissent is on the rise, according to a recent defector who was formerly Pyongyang’s deputy ambassador to the U.K.<p>“Kim Jong Un’s days are numbered,” Thae Yong Ho told a press conference in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on …

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest

A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted<p>Four more journalists have been charged with felonies after being arrested while covering the unrest around Donald Trump’s inauguration, meaning that at …

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The Keystone XL Pipeline, which Trump just advanced, will carry the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet

Activists had previously successfully fought both pipelines — the protest at Standing Rock, which was led by the Native American community, made headlines in 2016.<p>The Keystone XL Pipeline is slightly older news — Obama blocked its construction in 2015— but it's worth remembering why it made …

Oil & Gas Industry

Democrats won't get a second hearing with Betsy DeVos, Trump's education pick

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. Lamar Alexander rejected a Democrat's request for a second hearing with Betsy DeVos on Monday, sparing Trump's pick for secretary of education from what would surely be a contentious hearing.<p>Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & …

The Latest: Trump vows to 'send in the Feds' to help Chicago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):<p>10 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump is offering to "send in the Feds" if Chicago …

Brexit: Labour vows to reject Theresa May's Great Repeal Bill if it hands ministers powers to dump rights

Labour will not back a vital piece of Theresa May’s Brexit legislation if it contains sweeping powers allowing ministers to scrap vital workers’ …

On his first day in office, Trump broke 34 promises

The new president made 36 promises about his first day, but kept only two of them.<p>Before being inaugurated president on Friday, Donald Trump promised …

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France's Hollande criticizes protectionism as 'worst response'

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - France’s President Francois Hollande on Saturday criticized protectionism and with his Chilean counterpart said that Europe would look to strengthen ties with Latin America, speaking a day after U.S. President Donald Trump took office.<p>Chile's President Michelle Bachelet and her …

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What Does Trump’s Executive Order Against Obamacare Actually Do?

Donald J. Trump ran on a campaign promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. So it should not come as a surprise that he has signed an executive order urging his administration to fight it as much as possible.<p>But that order, alone, won’t allow President Trump to unwind the sprawling health law …

The White House's climate change and LGBT rights pages have disappeared

Today’s transition of power means the White House website is undergoing a few transitions of its own.<p>We’re approaching two hours after Trump officially became our 45th President, and his transition to the White House has already led to change — to the official White House website. Gone are all …

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What Trump’s whiter, less academic Cabinet says about race and class in America | The Star

Education level was one of the most predictive traits of how white Americans voted in the presidential election. Among white female voters, 61 per …

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts May Eliminate All Federal Funding For Violence Against Women Programs

Donald Trump, ever the deal-making businessman, aims to slash many existing government programs, which should come as no surprise. Of course, recent focus has been on Congress’ approval of a budget blueprint that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a mystery entity. Meanwhile, the Trump …

Trump transition team defends lack of diversity in key posts

The president-elect’s cabinet picks only include three people of color and four women, but Trump team insists all nominees are ‘the best and the brightest’<p>Donald Trump’s transition team was forced to defend its nominees for key posts in the administration one day before he will be sworn in as …

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Gambia's President Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes

<b>Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down despite the threat of military intervention by neighbouring states.</b><p>Adama Barrow, who beat him in elections last month, is due to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday, but Mr Jammeh has ignored the deadline.<p>West African military …