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Freedom of speech has its consequences for NBA

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If the NBA really wanted to make a statement, it should have never issued a statement, much less two. No need to complicate things when two team owners had already genuflected to the irate citizens of China. Or when James Harden took it upon himself to apologize to an entire… Read

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White House to battle impeachment by stalling, attacking

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As House Democrats fire off more subpoenas, the White House is finalizing a high-stakes strategy to counter the impeachment threat to President Donald Trump: Stall. Obfuscate. Attack. Repeat. Trump aides are honing their approach after two weeks of what allies have described as a listless and unfocused response to the… Read

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Trump's old ways colliding with new realities

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Telling half-truths and outright lies. Manipulating media coverage. Pushing legal boundaries. Pressuring subordinates to do the dirty work. Believing in the force of his own personality. Accepting no personal responsibility. The playbook Donald Trump has used as a real estate developer, celebrity businessman and political candidate has, for the most… Read

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From Hitler to Michael Jackson, unlikely names for Nobel Peace Prize

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Eighty years ago on the brink of the bloodiest conflict in history, Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, illustrating that literally anyone can be nominated. From the Fuhrer to the "King of Pop", in the nearly 120 years the prize has been awarded nominations have included some… Read

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Beset by Hong Kong protests, China's Xi showcases missiles

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As Hong Kong recovered from its most violent day of protests so far, Beijing's English-language"Global Times" newspaper led on the celebrations of 70 years of Communist rule. The celebrations, it argued, showed the peaceful intent and unity of Chinese society - illustrating the article with a picture of a new… Read

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Some see rush to forgive as rush to forget racial violence

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When a white Dallas police officer who killed an innocent black man in his own living room was sent off to prison this week with a hug from the victim’s brother and the black judge on the case, some saw it as a moment of amazing grace and redemption. Many… Read

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After Saudi attacks, Russia makes its regional presence felt

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In the two weeks since attacks blamed on missiles or drones shut down half of Saudi Arabia's oil output, the country that has arguably moved most deftly to position itself for any upside is Russia. Within hours of the attacks, Moscow's state arms exporter said it would hold talks with… Read

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New challenges confront China's Communists at 70

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President Xi Jinping has an ambitious goal for China: to achieve "national rejuvenation" as a strong and prosperous nation by 2049, which would be the 100th anniversary of Communist Party rule. One problem: Donald Trump wants to make the United States great again too. The emerging clash between a rising… Read

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U.S. builds alliances in 'wild wild west' of space

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The new U.S. Space Command is working with allies in the “wild, wild west” of space and will harden future satellite networks against attacks, the unit’s top general said, as the Trump administration reorganizes its military space bureaucracy. General John Raymond, head of the Space Force created in August, said… Read

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When politicians lie, should Facebook promote them?

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During the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook says it did not do enough to enforce its standards as rumor and untruth spread. In the three years since, it says it has hired up to 30,000 people to take down inappropriate or extremist content, clamp down on fake accounts and reduce interactions… Read

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