US lawmakers reach tentative deal to avoid government shutdown

US congressional negotiators said late on Monday they had reached a tentative deal on border security funding that would avert another partial government shutdown due to start on Saturday, but provided no details. "We reached an agreement in principle" on funding border security programs through Sept. 30, Republican Senator Richard Shelby told reporters. "Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to put all the particulars together,” Shelby said. He did not say whether President Donald Trump...
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The Latest: Trump can't see himself with a White House dog

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Beto O'Rourke in Texas (all times local):
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Trump and Beto O'Rourke speak at dueling rallies in Texas - as it happened

‘We’re building the wall anyway,’ Trump said of the deal reached in Congress late Monday Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 3.56am GMT Thanks for sticking with us through another eventful day. 3.49am GMT The Guardian’s Tom McCarthy has the details on the agreement reached by Democratic and Republican leaders late Monday to avoid another government shutdown:The agreement would allocate far less money for Trump’s border wall than the White House’s $5.7bn wish list, settl...
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Trump vows to build Mexico border wall as deal reached to avoid US government shutdown

Republican and Democrat negotiators reached a finance deal late on Monday to prevent another shutdown of the US government – even as Donald Trump threatened their progress by insisting he would “build the wall anyway”. The construction will follow existing designs, likely with metal slats, and would be considerably less of an undertaking than the 215 miles of concrete wall for which the White House demanded $5.7bn (£4bn) in December. More than 800,000 federal employees went unpaid over a perio...
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White House Executive Order Prioritizes AI for R&D Budgets

The Heads of the various agencies of the US Federal Government have been directed via an executive order to prioritize Artificial Intelligence for funding with their Research and Development budgets.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Bezos Probe Concludes Mistress’ Brother was Enquirer Source

WASHINGTON (AP) — Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have concluded that the brother of the Amazon CEO’s mistress leaked the couple’s intimate text messages to the National Enquirer, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. The findings add to the intrigue surrounding the clash between the pro-Trump tabloid and the world’s richest man. Bezos’ investigat...
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Ex-White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump over nondisclosure agreements

Cliff Sims, a former White House staffer who wrote a tell-all book, is suing President Donald Trump to stop him from "silencing" Sims as he promotes his book.
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VP Mike Pence to visit Auschwitz death camp on Europe trip

Conservative Christian and expressionless piece of furniture man Mike Pence, who is currently the Vice President of the Trump Administration, plans to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp site on Friday, and tour a memorial to Jewish detainees who were murdered there by Nazis in occupied Poland. On Friday the Polish President @AndrzejDuda and the Vice President of the USA @VP Mike Pence and their wives will visit the @AuschwitzMuseum. Accreditation for media (accreditation ends on Febr...
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Lawmakers plan to pressure Trump on Khashoggi as Pompeo denies 'covering up for a murder'

Senators furious about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are working on a bipartisan effort to exert more pressure on the White House as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Monday the administration is not "covering up for a murder."
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Sims Sues Trump For Allegedly Approving Campaign’s NDA Claim Against Him

Cliff Sims, the former White House aide whose tell-all book “Team of Vipers” earned the President’s ire and an arbitration claim from his campaign, has sued Trump in his official capacity as president for allegedly ordering or otherwise approving of that claim, The New York Times first reported Monday. In a copy of the suit posted online by BuzzFeed News’ Zoe Tillman, Sims alleges that Trump, “f or the first time ever through the use of private surrogates, is seeking to unconstitutionally...
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CCTV could be made mandatory in taxis in England and Wales

Licensing law proposals also include more rigorous regime on driver background checksTaxis and minicab drivers in England and Wales could be forced to install CCTV in their vehicles under government proposals to tighten up licensing laws.Local authorities might also have to conduct enhanced criminal record and background checks on every driver. Continue reading...
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Hammond’s Brexit ‘dividend’ claim rejected as UK economy stalls

Chancellor’s claim undermined as rapid slowdown in GDP growth is revealedPhilip Hammond’s claim that Britain can reap an economic dividend from Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been flatly rejected by MPs, as official figures confirmed the UK has suffered its worst year for GDP growth since 2012.In a highly critical report, the Treasury select committee warned that the chancellor’s claims of a “deal dividend” if Britain avoided a no-deal exit lacked credibility. Continue reading...
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Trump signs 'American AI Initiative' executive order to prioritize federal funding for artificial intelligence research

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday intended to boost America's global position in artificial intelligence. While nothing in the statement mentions China, it's clear the order was intended to send a message. From Reuters: Under the American AI Initiative, the administration is directing agencies to prioritize AI investments in research and development, increase access to federal data and models for that research and prepare workers to adapt to the era of AI. There was no ...
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TV News Roundup: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 Sets Premiere Date

In today’s TV news roundup, Hulu sets the premiere date for season three of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Samantha Bee will host another “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.” DATES Hulu has announced a slate of release dates for several original series and films. The first trio of episodes from the third season of “The […]
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Former White House aide who wrote expose sues Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House aide is suing President Donald Trump and arguing the government is trying to illegally penalize him after he wrote a book that portrayed an unflattering picture of life in the West Wing. Cliff Sims filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Washington. Trump’s campaign accused Sims last […]
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Trump Signs Artificial Intelligence Investment Plan Without Funding Details

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence. The plan, called the American AI Initiative, follows big investment pledges from Chinaand other countries intended to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care. The White House plan that Trump signed Monday doesn’t include any funding details. The administration says it’s up to Congress to appropriate money. T...
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Trump Signs Order Prioritizing Artificial Intelligence Research

The order, which comes amid concerns about China’s ambitions to dominate the sector and the likelihood of disruption for workers as the technology automates millions of jobs, doesn’t outline specific funding goals, but says it aims to ensure that AI develops in a manner that reflects U.S. values and to push training for the future workforce. Ivanka Trump and Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft Corp. chief financial officer who is now a deputy chief of staff to the president, planned to attend the...
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White House Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney Discusses Border Security Negotiations

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney about the White House's position on ongoing border security negotiations.
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Treasury says you'll get your refund -- even if there's a shutdown

The Trump administration is taking steps to make sure American taxpayers won't feel the impact if the White House and Congress can't avert a second partial government shutdown this week.
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Border Negotiations Continue Ahead of Potential New Government Shutdown

Lawmakers hoped to get the talks back on track at a meeting on Monday afternoon
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Donald Trump’s Art of the Climbdown

President Donald Trump famously wrote the book “The Art of the Deal,” and his supporters often tout his negotiating skills as one of his chief assets in office. “You’re talking about a president who is the best negotiator on the planet and has the ability to bring people together,” a White House official told TIME…
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Another government shutdown? Trump says that's 'up to the Democrats'

The White House has continued to suggest another shutdown is possible if Congress does not deliver money for a border wall.
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What is socialism like in Scandinavia?

The American left and right often point to Scandinavian countries as examples of what government regulation can do, for good and bad.But are they actually socialists? How do their economies work?While stealing their social structures and trying to implement them elsewhere probably won't work, they do offer an example of a kinder, gentler capitalism.When Americans discuss the potential benefits of socialism, they often point to the Scandinavian countries as examples of what is possible. Bernie Sa...
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GOP North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones Jr. Dies On 76th Birthday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken critic of the war, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. The congressman’s office confirmed his death in a statement, saying Jones died in Greenville, North Carolina. His health declining in recent months, Jones entered hospice care in January after breaking his hip. He had been granted a leave of absence from Congress in late ...
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May to ask MPs for further fortnight's grace in Brexit talks

PM will stress her continued focus on Irish backstop but EU indicates it will not give wayTheresa May hopes to convince the House of Commons on Tuesday to give her another fortnight’s grace to keep pushing for changes to the Irish backstop – despite the insistence of Michel Barnier that it is Britain that must compromise.With 45 days to go until Britain is due by law to leave the EU, with or without a deal, the prime minister will address MPs about progress in the Brexit talks, No 10 announced o...
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White House Says Shutdown Still 'On the Table' as Congressional Negotiations Stall

Earlier progress in negotiations appears halted with just days until funding expires.
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As Democratic field expands, Biden waits on the sidelines

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline his first public event in about three weeks on Saturday— in Munich, Germany, nearly 5,000 miles from Iowa, site of the presidential campaign’s first contest. As he weighs whether to jump into the race, Biden has been conspicuously absent from early voting states, […]
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Monumental issues around Stonehenge | Letters

Malcolm Reading says it is more likely that ancient Greece and Rome, rather than Stonehenge, were the inspiration for The Circus in Bath, John Bailey wonders whether Chris Grayling is the right person to resolve road planning issues around the monument, Phil Turner says the need for the military training area nearby is questionable, and Mark Lyall wonders whether a relocation of the stones would be easierIt is fanciful to assign Stonehenge as the inspiration of the architect John Wood’s Circus i...
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House chairman issues warning after provocative tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful House chairman is warning members of his panel that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated after a freshman member sparked a bipartisan backlash to a tweet criticizing an American organization that supports Israel. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel in a statement Monday did not directly mention Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s […]
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'Germs are not a real thing': Fox News host says he hasn't washed hands in 10 years

Pete Hegseth denies existence of germs, saying: ‘I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real’Donald Trump’s favourite TV show, Fox & Friends, has a reputation for giving airtime to conspiracy theories that benefit the White House agenda. But host Pete Hegseth may now have managed to upset the famously germaphobic president – by revealing that he has not washed his hands in a decade. Related: Trump and the Fox & Friends show. Think ego, not news Continue reading...
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