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US Trade Envoy Says NAFTA Has ‘Failed’ Americans

U.S. President Donald Trump’s top trade official laid down a hard negotiating line for revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday, saying that major changes were needed to slash U.S. trade deficits and boost U.S. content in autos. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said NAFTA had “failed many, many Americans” and Trump was not interested in merely tweaking the 23-year-old pact, and would seek major changes that would increase North American and U.S. content for autos and strong labor standards. “We need to ensure that the huge trade…

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In Rare Rebuke of Trump, UK’s May Says Leaders Must Condemn Far-Right Views

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday there was no equivalence between fascists and those who opposed them, a rare rebuke of U.S. President Donald Trump by one of his closest foreign allies. Trump inflamed tensions after a deadly rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, by insisting that counter-protesters were also to blame, drawing condemnation from some Republican leaders and praise from white far-right groups. “There’s no equivalence, I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them and I think it is…

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Man beaten at protest says police were indifferent to attack

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man says police failed to come to his aid as he was beaten by white supremacists during Saturday’s violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to three deaths. Photos and video of the beating inflicted on 21-year-old DeAndre Harris have gone viral. Police said Tuesday they are investigating the incident, portions of which were captured on video. One person of interest has been identified, but no arrests have been made, city spokeswoman Miriam Dickler said in a text message. … Read the referenced story here:…

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North Korea Says It’s Delaying Plans to Launch Missiles at Guam

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed that stopping North Korea from launching nuclear missiles is their top priority. Abe and Trump reached the agreement during a phone call Tuesday, the Japanese leader told reporters in Tokyo. The dialogue between the two allies came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he will wait to launch missiles at the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. ​Kim to observe North Korea’s official news agency KCNA said Tuesday that Kim had received a report from…

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Top US General says US-Korea Working Through ‘Technical Issues’ on THAAD

The top U.S. general says the United States and its South Korean allies are working through “a number of technical issues” before the United States’ Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system can be fully deployed on the Korean peninsula. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford told reporters he and South Korea President Moon Jai-In “did not talk about the specific timeline” for THAAD’s full deployment during their meeting Monday in Seoul. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a joint op-ed published Monday in…

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Venezuela’s Situation Continues to Deteriorate

Venezuela crisis to be top agenda during Mike Pence trip to South America … Read the referenced story here: CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Venezuela’s Situation Continues to Deteriorate

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Trump says he’s open to military intervention in Venezuela

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he wouldn’t rule out military action against Venezuela in response to the country’s descent into political chaos following President Nicolas Maduro’s power grab. Venezuela’s government responded by accusing Trump of seeking to destabilize Latin America. Speaking to reporters Friday at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, Trump bemoaned Venezuela’s growing humanitarian crisis and declared that all options remain on the table – including a potential military intervention. “We have many options for … Read the referenced story here: Trump…

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Science Says Damore Was Right About Sex Differences

Glenn Stanton, The FederalistThe Google guy behind the infamous gender memo, James Damore, is a troglodyte. An embarrassing, knuckle-dragging, flat-earther who is under the silly illusion that men and women have inherent differences. Google properly fired him for just being stupid. At least that’s the fashionable story. … Read the referenced story here: Science Says Damore Was Right About Sex Differences

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Tillerson Says Diplomats in Havana Suffered ‘Health Attacks’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that U.S. diplomats in Havana had been the victims of “health attacks” that left them with hearing loss — the most definitive U.S. statement yet on a series of mysterious incidents that have puzzled longtime observers of U.S.-Cuban relations. His comments came two days after the State Department issued a vaguely worded statement saying there had been “incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms.” U.S. officials later revealed that American diplomats had suffered unexplained losses of hearing, and on Thursday Canada’s…

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Trump Says He Is Considering Military Action in Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump says a military option against Venezuela is on the table, describing the situation there as a “dangerous mess.” “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary,” Trump told reporters at his golf resort in New Jersey. Trump said he’s “not going to rule out” a military option and added it’s “certainly something that we could pursue.” He said the people in Venezuela are “suffering and they are dying.” “We have troops all over the world in places that are very far…

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