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The lore and lure of eclipses: Blood, sex and some snacking

Eclipse Lore

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just the skies that get dark when there’s a total solar eclipse. So do we. Modern science explains that the sun disappears because the moon is passing in front of it. But before that, people had to come up with reasons for what was happening in the sky. Some of them...


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GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open

Trump Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans’ deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own...


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Trump dumps Bannon, who returns to conservative website

Trump Bannon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who went from Donald Trump’s victorious campaign to a top White House post, has been pushed out by the president, capping a turbulent seven months that witnessed the departure of much of Trump’s original senior staff. A...


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Trump's Afghanistan huddle ends without decisions announced

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. President Donald Trump said decisions have been made, but none have been announced so far on the future U.S. role in Afghanistan following an hours-long retreat Friday at Camp David. More than a dozen members of the president’s defense and foreign policy teams made the case at...


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Bannon exit won't end White House chaos coming from the top

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Stephen Bannon’s ouster rids the White House of someone who fed off chaos, obsessed over his own image, and sowed conflict among top aides to the president. The problem is that many of Bannon’s most-damaging traits were merely an amplification of the man who continues to sit in...


Government

Bannon exit won't end White House chaos coming from the top

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Stephen Bannon’s ouster rids the White House of someone who fed off chaos, obsessed over his own image, and sowed conflict among top aides to the president. The problem is that many of Bannon’s most-damaging traits were merely an amplification of the man who continues to sit in...


Government

Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief

Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words. She says the White House repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the day of Heather Heyer’s funeral. But she’s since...


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Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words. She says the White House repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the day of Heather Heyer’s funeral. But she’s since...


Government

Trump ousts Bannon, his influential, divisive strategist

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White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post


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Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has lost another informal adviser from the business world: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts. Icahn said in a letter to Trump released Friday that he is stepping down to prevent “partisan...


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