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Mexico Cancels Sugar Export Permits in Trade Dispute

Mexico has canceled existing sugar export permits to the United States in a dispute over the pace of shipments, according to a letter seen by Reuters, in a flare-up industry sources said could temporarily disrupt supplies.

The letter sent by Mexico’s sugar chamber to mills on Monday partly blamed the situation on unfilled positions at the US Department of Commerce, which it said had led to a “legalistic” interpretation of rules with no U.S. counterparts in place in Washington for Mexican officials to negotiate with.

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Donald Trump to lawmakers: ‘No more excuses’ on replacing Obamacare

President Trump urged lawmakers Tuesday to swiftly approve a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare so he can move on to the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

“There’s going to be no slowing down, no waiting, no more excuses by anybody,” Mr. Trump told top House Republican lawmakers at a White House meeting on the new health care legislation. “We’re going to get it done.”

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Did Paul Ryan intentionally sabotage his own health care plan?

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan finally introduced his proposed replacement for ObamaCare late Monday. It did not go well.

Democrats were predictably appalled that the GOP proposal, called the American Health Care Act, would essentially take away health care from millions of people, many of them poor, in order to pay for upper-class tax cuts. Moderate Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) summed up the feelings of the Democratic caucus when he declared that the bill’s savage cuts to Medicaid were a “disgrace to our nation” and that “I will fight it with everything I have.”

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GOP Plan Orders Insurers to Charge People 30% More If Uninsured for 63 Days

The plan to repeal and replace Obamacare unveiled by House Republican leaders on Monday orders insurance companies to charge people 30 percent more in premiums for a full year if they did not have insurance for 63 days or more in the previous year.

The sections of the Republican bill that create this mandate on insurance companies are titled: “Continuous Health Insurance Coverage Incentive,” and “Encouraging Continuous Health Insurance Coverage.”

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Samuel L Jackson criticises casting of black British actors in American films

Samuel L Jackson has criticised the casting of black British actors in roles about American race relations.

In an interview with the New York radio station Hot 97, Jackson suggested that Jordan Peele’s satirical horror film Get Out, which starred British actor Daniel Kaluuya as an African-American man falling victim to white liberal racism, could have benefited from having an American actor as its lead.

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Editorial: Investigate ugly threats targeting Jewish centers

“Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”

All of us must do just that.

But the president has a greater obligation: He should order the Department of Justice to initiate a civil rights investigation into the wave of bomb threats and other violence and threats since he took office.

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Fallon forced to change ‘Tonight Show’ amid Colbert ratings wins

“The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon watched his show’s ratings take a hit yet again on Tuesday as competitor “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” won its fifth straight week in overall viewers — and sources say Fallon’s being forced to change his strategy to win back eyeballs.

“[Fallon] is feeling the pressure. I mean, Stephen Colbert is now beating him in a big way and he has to change his format to keep up because he’s losing viewers,” said a source, adding that Fallon’s getting more political.

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Flashback: when President Obama call slaves “immigrants” people like Samuel L Jackson said absolutely nothing

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has received sharp criticism for referring to slaves who were brought to America as “immigrants” on Monday, but then-President Barack Obama made almost the exact same comparison during a 2015 naturalization ceremony speech.

During remarks to HUD employees on Monday, Carson set off a brief firestorm when he mentioned “immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships” who had hopes of a better life.

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Hating Trump won’t save the Democrats

Since Donald Trump’s surprise victory, Democrats – and ironically the Trump administration itself – have done everything in their power to keep alive the increasingly bizarre story that the Russians stole the election and that the Trump campaign somehow colluded with the Russians. After Trump gave the story new life by tweeting that President Obama bugged Trump Tower, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said we’re in the midst of a “civilization-warping crisis of public trust.”

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Elon Musk to join Trump Wednesday at infrastructure meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump met with business leaders on Wednesday including Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk and real estate developers, as the administration seeks partnerships with the private sector to boost infrastructure spending.

During his presidential campaign, Trump said he would push for a $1 trillion infrastructure program to rebuild roads, bridges, airports and other public works projects, but he has not presented a specific plan.

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Missile Tests add pressure on Trump over North Korea

North Korea’s latest volley of missile tests put new pressure on a preoccupied Trump administration Monday to identify how it will counter leader Kim Jong Un’s weapons development.

North Korea’s march toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the U.S. mainland is among the pressing national security priorities President Donald Trump faces. He has vowed it “won’t happen” but has yet to articulate a strategy to stop it.

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U.S. suspends fast-track processing of H-1B visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it plans to temporarily suspend fast-track processing for the skilled-worker visa program, a move that could slow down the process of hiring foreign workers for U.S. companies.

Starting April 3 and running for up to six months, the agency will no longer allow H-1B applicants to pay an additional fee of $1,225 to get a response within 15 days — a program known as premium processing. Regular processing, where the fee varies based on the type of employment being sought, can last between three and six months.

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North Korea says missiles were drill for strike on US bases

Nuclear-armed North Korea said Tuesday its missile launches were training for a strike on US bases in Japan, as global condemnation of the regime swelled.

Three of the four missiles fired Monday came down provocatively close to US ally Japan, in waters that are part of its exclusive economic zone, representing a challenge to US President Donald Trump.

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