At the White House, an abrupt chain reaction

President Trump overhauled his White House on Friday in a dramatic shake-up of his senior team at the six-month mark of his presidency, which so far has been beset by a special counsel’s widening Russia investigation, a floundering legislative agenda and seemingly constant chaos and infighting within his West Wing. Trump’s decision Friday morning to install wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as […]

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Martial law extended on Philippine island

Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao. Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, since May. President Rodrigo Duterte said the extension was necessary to crush the insurgency, but his critics say it is […]

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Cyberattack on Medical Software Shows Industry Vulnerability

Many doctors still can’t use a transcription service made by Nuance Communications Inc. three weeks after the company was hit by a powerful, debilitating computer attack. Hospital systems including Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said eScription, a Nuance staple product that allows physicians to dictate notes from a telephone, still isn’t functioning. The […]

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Mixed signals from Trump White House on health care strategy

Repeal and replace “Obamacare.” Just repeal. Or let it fail — maybe with a little nudge. President Donald Trump has sent a flurry of mixed messages, raising questions about the White House strategy on health care. Democrats say Trump’s confusing signals are part of a strategy to destabilize the Affordable Care Act, as a way to force recalcitrant Republicans in […]

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Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, after denouncing chaos in the West Wing and telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told […]

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Republicans Have No Idea Which Health Care Bill They’re Voting On

The Senate is slated to vote on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system early next week. There’s just one hitch: No one knows what they’re actually voting on. When reporters asked the Senate’s number-two Republican, John Cornyn, if his fellow party members wanted to see the bill before they were asked to vote on it – a […]

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India’s new president rose from poverty to high office

A few weeks ago, relatively few people in India had heard of Ram Nath Kovind. Now, the low-caste septuagenarian is the country’s president-elect, and will be India’s constitutional head of state. Born in a mud hut in an impoverished village, Kovind, who is from the Koli weaver caste, rose to become a Supreme Court lawyer and later a politician from […]

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Apple launches a machine learning blog to placate its researchers

Apple hasn’t always been very open about its technology or its research, but the company surprised everyone last year when AI director Russ Salakhutdinov announced that Apple would begin publishing its machine learning research. Shortly thereafter, it published its first AI paper in an academic journal and today Apple takes its transparency another step with the debut of its Machine Learning Journal. In a short […]

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In break with Trump, top Intel, Homeland Security officials affirm Russia’s election meddling

President Trump still won’t say whether he believes the Russian government meddled in the presidential election. But his top intelligence and homeland security officials this week affirmed the intelligence community’s unqualified assessment that it did. CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House Homeland and Counterterrorism adviser Thomas Bossert all said they backed the conclusion that […]

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Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump

Nothing is more important to President Trump than loyalty — to him. In business and in politics, he has demanded it from the people closest to him. Some employees who abandoned him were never welcomed back. Politicians who did not defend him after the most politically damaging moments of the 2016 campaign are still suspect in his eyes. And after six […]

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