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Trump’s State of the Union to Focus on ‘choosing greatness’

Trump’s State of the Union to Focus on ‘choosing greatness’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is ready to deliver his State of the Union speech following a roller-coaster will-it-or-won’t-it-happen ride. His topic is to be “choosing greatness.” White House officials say Trump is not expected to dwell on the government shutdown or on the looming Feb. 15 deadline for a budget deal. Instead, Trump…

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New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker Launches 2020 Bid

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker Launches 2020 Bid

By ELANA SCHOR , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.” The New Jersey Democrat, who is the second black candidate in a primary field that’s already historically diverse,…

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US Poised to Announce Withdrawal from Nuclear Arms Treaty

US Poised to Announce Withdrawal from Nuclear Arms Treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to announce Friday that it is withdrawing from a treaty that has been a centerpiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War and whose demise some analysts worry could fuel a new arms race. An American withdrawal, which has been expected for months, would follow years…

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Xi’s Tough Talk on Taiwan Backfires, as Tsai Support Surges

Xi’s Tough Talk on Taiwan Backfires, as Tsai Support Surges

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to push Taiwanese closer to unification with a new year speech mixing carrots and sticks. That hasn’t panned out. Instead, his independence-leaning Taiwanese counterpart, Tsai Ing-wen, has enjoyed a surge in support following a brutal drubbing of her political party in local elections last year, according…

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Flights Canceled, Offices Close Amid Frigid Midwest Weather

Flights Canceled, Offices Close Amid Frigid Midwest Weather

By BLAKE NICHOLSON , Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures on Wednesday, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and the canceling of more than 1,500 flights from Chicago’s airports. The cold even prompted the U.S. Postal Service to suspend mail delivery to a…

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