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White House says Mexico border wall might be funded by tax on imports

A deep rift opened Thursday between the United States and its southern neighbor as the Trump administration pressed forward with a plan for a giant border wall and insisted that Mexico would pay for it, possibly through a U.S. tax on imports.

President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday called off a trip to Washington after emphasizing that Mexico would not finance the wall. Hours later, Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said the border barrier would be funded by a 20 percent import tax on goods from Mexico.

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Trump sets dizzying WH pace in first days | TheHill

In his first days in office, President Trump is taking on a dizzying schedule that is decidedly different from those of his immediate predecessors.

Trump is in the Oval Office to take meetings earlier than President Obama, and he’s worked through dinner to stay in the West Wing later than President George W. Bush, who would generally return to his residence at 6 p.m. sharp.

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Mikhail Gorbachev: ‘It All Looks As If the World Is Preparing for War’

The world today is overwhelmed with problems. Policymakers seem to be confused and at a loss.

But no problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority.

The current situation is too dangerous.

More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe. NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $591.5 Million for New Media Venture

Jeffery Katzenberg raised $591.5 million to fund investments in new media ventures, the next chapter in the career of the tireless Hollywood mogul who brought hits like “Shrek” to movie theaters.

Katzenberg, who rose to prominence as a production executive at Walt Disney Co.’s movie studio, has been plotting his next move since selling DreamWorks Animation to Comcast Corp. last year. His new company, WndrCo LLC, disclosed the funding in a regulatory filing Thursday.

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Texas Officials Warn of ISIS Threat to U.S.-Mexican Border

A report by the Texas Department of Public Safety raises concerns about ISIS terrorists using the Mexican border both to enter and leave the country. It noted that at least 13 aspiring terrorists have tried to cross into Mexico, or considered trying, since 2012.

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Democrats hold lessons on how to talk to real people

Senate Democrats geared up for battle with President Donald Trump by preparing to talk to people who voted for him — and by hearing from one of his arch-nemeses.

Gathering in Sheperdstown, West Virginia, Democrats were scheduled to hear Thursday from liberal political operative David Brock, Center for American Progress CEO Neera Tanden and Priorities USA CEO Guy Cecil in a session called “Hold Trump Accountable.” Earlier in the day, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) moderated a “discussion with Trump voters,” according to a draft schedule obtained by POLITICO.

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Retiring Professor called ‘controversial’ because she’s conservative

Professor Carol Swain will retire from Vanderbilt University in August, according to an announcement she posted on her website and social media accounts Monday.

In the announcement, the outspoken and controversial conservative said her “early retirement” will not be a time of rest. Instead, Swain said, “it will be an opportunity for me to impact more people across the globe.”

Swain appeared on CNN and wrote several columns for news outlets after coming to Vanderbilt in 1999 to teach law and political science. Her remarks — about Islam, Black Lives Matter and other hot topics — regularly sparked controversy.

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Liberals press Democrats to block Trump’s nominees, to little effect

Twelve hours after Virginia’s two Democratic senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, voted to confirm Michael Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the CIA, the protests began.

On Tuesday morning, more than 100 protesters gathered outside Warner’s constituent offices in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. Amanda Lynch, a mother and writer near Manassas, took two of her sons to Kaine’s office there, where they played with pocket Constitutions, and she pledged to return every week.

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The NFL May Be Losing The Super From Its Bowl

In a couple of weeks, more than 100 million people will participate in what has long been one of America’s favorite past times: watching the Super Bowl on TV. The Super Bowl has been one of the most-watched TV show for years and 2017 is likely to be no exception. But this national event is starting to show some signs of weakness and this year’s game may actually be the latest episode in what seems to be a downward slide for the NFL.

The average TV audience for the NFL season dropped by 8% to 11% this year and the last reports showed playoff games were averaging 33.2 million viewers, down over 3% from last year.

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Maryland golf club will extend invitation to Obama, despite objections

A suburban Washington golf club in Maryland is extending former President Obama an offer to join its ranks, despite protests from some members over his administration’s policies toward Israel.

In a letter to club members on Monday, Woodmont Country Club President Barry Forman announced that the club would extend an offer for the Obamas to apply, arguing that refusing to do so on political grounds would violate the club’s longstanding tradition of welcoming members “who were excluded elsewhere because of their beliefs.”

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Clinton Email, Benghazi Scandals Far from Over

The Clinton email and Benghazi scandals aren’t over. Not by a long shot.

Just last week, Judicial Watch’s attorneys asked a federal court for additional discovery. In addition to document requests, the new Revised Discovery Proposal asks for depositions from Clinton, Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and eight other State Department officials to explore “evidence of wrongdoing or bad faith with respect to State Department’s response” to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request as well as some earlier FOIA requests.

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