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Paris Jackson Thinks Father Michael Was Murdered — Vulture

In a rare in-depth interview, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, the 18-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe, sat down with Rolling Stone recently to discuss her life since the pop star’s death in 2009. In the same way that rumors and insults plagued her father throughout his life, notes Paris, so too has she had to run the public gauntlet, from constant online bullying to insinuations that Michael Jackson was not her biological father, a claim she rejects outright. “I consider myself black,” Paris says in the interview, recalling how her father “would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’ And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad, why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.”

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Facebook, Snapchat Deals Produce Meager Results for News Outlets

Newspapers and other media outlets are struggling to make money from their partnerships with tech giants like Facebook and Snapchat, raising concerns over their business models in a news landscape increasingly dominated by social media platforms.

Some publishers are scaling back on Facebook Inc.’s Instant Articles program, in which they host stories directly on the social-media company’s platform instead of their own websites so they load faster on phones, according to a report by Digital Content Next, a trade group.

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Robert Brown on Nixon, Obama and Race in the United States

It was Nov. 6, 1968 – the morning after Election Day — and an exhausted Robert Brown was lying in bed at New York’s Waldorf Astoria, reflecting on how he had just helped write history.

During a whirlwind five months he had crossed the country with presidential candidate Richard Nixon as part of a targeted effort to court black voters, bringing a message of hope and inclusion that involved everything from ending the Vietnam War to ushering in racial equality.

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Scientology neighborhood bucks Hollywood, goes for Trump

LOS ANGELES — It surprised no one last fall when Los Angeles and California at large overwhelmingly backed Hillary Clinton in her failed bid for the presidency. Just seven of the city’s 1,700 precincts went for Donald Trump.

But while nearly all of the surrounding region voted for the Democratic former secretary of State, one little chunk of Hollywood best known for the Church of Scientology’s “Big Blue” complex went red, picking the Republican billionaire instead.

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Trump expected to order temporary ban on refugees

President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.

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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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