Trump sets emergency aid in motion in deal that upsets GOP

President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.The law is a first installment in replenishing depleted federal emergency coffers. Trump signed it Friday as Hurricane Irma approached Florida and as Texas picks up the pieces after the […]

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NATO: N Korea requires global response

Nato’s general secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, has said North Korea’s nuclear programme “is a global threat and requires a global response”. “That of course also includes Nato,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. But he refused to say whether an attack on the US overseas territory of Guam would trigger the military alliance’s collective defence pact. Article 5 of the […]

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Why You Might Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone

Prepare for smartphone sticker shock. A decade into the smartphone era, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are betting they can increase sales by jacking up the price of their flagship products—bucking the usual downward arc for prices of consumer electronics in the years after introduction. Apple on Tuesday is expected to unveil a more-advanced iPhone—also known as the anniversary […]

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Sanders prepares to reveal ‘Medicare for all’ bill

First, consider this: It’s the summer of 2019 and a dozen Democratic presidential candidates are gathered onstage for a debate somewhere in the Midwest. The network moderator concludes her introductions and tees up the opening question. “Who here tonight supports moving the United States toward a single-payer, or ‘Medicare for all,’ taxpayer-funded health care system?” Pause it there and rewind […]

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Senate report blasts Trump’s foreign policy

The Senate Appropriations Committee tore into the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy in a new report, criticizing the White House’s proposed State Department budget as reflective of an “apparent doctrine of retreat” abroad. The unusually harsh language appeared in the report attached to spending legislation for the State Department and foreign operations that totals $51 billion, roughly $11 billion more in […]

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Republicans jolted by and Democrats wary of, Trump’s overtures to opposing party

Political tremors seized both major parties on Thursday in the wake of President Trump’s sudden alignment with congressional Democrats, leaving Republicans alarmed about the unraveling of their relationship with the White House and uncertain about the prospects for their policy ambitions this fall. In the span of 48 hours, Trump cut a deal with Democrats to keep the government funded […]

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China tightens restrictions on religious freedom

China has tightened regulations on religious freedom, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned activities and increasing its supervision of certain groups in a bid to “block extremism” and tackle what it sees as internal threats.The updated rules, released by China’s cabinet the State Council on Thursday, come as the country ratchets up already stringent controls on Muslim and Christian populations and include […]

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