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Mexico ready to quit NAFTA if US talks fail

Mexico City (AFP) – Mexico drew red lines on Tuesday ahead of negotiations with US President Donald Trump’s administration, warning it could quit the talks and a major trade pact if the discussions hit a wall.

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Trump to sign executive order to renegotiate NAFTA and intent to leave TPP

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order as early as Monday stating his intention to renegotiate the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, a White House official told NBC News.

Eliminating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was crafted by former President Bill Clinton and enacted in 1994, was a frequent Trump campaign promise.

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Trump White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands

China said on Tuesday it had “irrefutable” sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend “international territories” in the strategic waterway.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer in his comments on Monday signaled a sharp departure from years of cautious U.S. handling of China’s assertive pursuit of territorial claims in Asia.

“The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there,” Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson. On Jan. 11, Tillerson said China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.

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Trump, GOP set to battle on spending cuts

President Trump may be headed into a big fight with Republican lawmakers with his plans for dramatic cuts to federal spending.

Officials in the Trump administration are combing through conservative budgets to find ways to save money in an effort to get rid of the “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” that Trump pledged to eliminate during the campaign.

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Trump tells business leaders he wants to cut regulations by 75 percent or ‘maybe more’

President Donald Trump told business leaders on Monday he believes he can cut regulations by 75 percent or “maybe more.”

At the White House with 10 senior executives, he repeated his campaign pledges to roll back corporate rules, arguing that they have “gotten out of control.” A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate on which rules Trump will target or how the 75 percent was calculated.

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Muslim Girl,16, Slit Cops Throat Out Of Frustration She Couldn’t Join ISIS; Convicted Of Terrorism, Faces Only 6 Years In Jail

A peaceful Muslim was convicted this last week of attempted murder and supporting a foreign terrorist organization according to the Daily Mail.

The girl, 16-year-old Safia S, stabbed a policeman last February in the throat in Germany because she was frustrated she couldn’t join ISIS. After she was arrested she was described to be ‘ice cold’ and the only thing she worried about was her headscarf.

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Michael Moore: Women That Voted For Trump “Victims” Of Ingrained “Misogyny And Sexism”

Michael Moore explains why women who voted for Donald Trump support him on Sunday’s edition of MSNBC’s AM Joy.

MICHAEL MOORE: I did run into Trump voters. And I asked them, especially — I remember one woman. I said — she was telling me that she voted for Trump and I said really? In spite of his attitudes toward women and the things that he said? And she said, well, you know, women, a lot of us, we’ve just had to learn to take it over the years. And you know, that’s how my dad talked and that’s how my brothers talk.

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Relief Is on the Way: What Trump’s Obamacare Executive Order Will Do

A newly inaugurated President Donald Trump rang the opening bell for what will be a multistep process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as he signed an executive order on Friday directing his subordinates to: exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.

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FBI reviewed Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador but found nothing illicit

The FBI in late December reviewed intercepts of communications between the Russian ambassador to the United States and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn — national security adviser to then-President-elect Trump — but has not found any evidence of wrongdoing or illicit ties to the Russian government, U.S. officials said.

The calls were picked up as part of routine electronic surveillance of Russian officials and agents in the United States, which is one of the FBI’s responsibilities, according to the U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss counterintelligence operations.

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FBI Probing Sundance Cyberattack as Filmmakers Cry Foul

The plot is thickening in the tale of the mysterious cyberattack that crippled the Sundance Film Festival’s box-office systems over the weekend.

The FBI is investigating the hack and is working with Sundance officials to identify the culprit, a festival spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter. Although the festival was able to get its ticketing systems back online within an hour of the Saturday breach, multiple other denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Sundance’s IT infrastructure followed. A DDoS attack works by flooding the bandwidth or resources of a targeted server.

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Trump, Sisi discuss fighting terrorism in phone call

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed ways to boost the fight against terrorism and extremism on Monday and the new American leader underscored his commitment to bilateral ties, the two countries said.

Trump told Sisi in a telephone call he appreciated the difficulties faced by Egypt in its “war on terror” and affirmed his administration’s commitment to supporting the country, Sisi’s spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement.

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Trump names new FCC chairman: Ajit Pai, who wants to take a ‘weed whacker’ to net neutrality

resident Trump on Monday designated Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission and an outspoken opponent of new net neutrality rules, to be the agency’s new chairman.

Pai, 44, would take over for Tom Wheeler, a Democrat who stepped down on Friday. Wheeler’s term had not expired but Trump gets to designate a new chairman as Republicans gain the FCC majority.

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