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American Headline News for 21 Jan 2017

Alt-right star Richard SpencerWhether he’s a neo-Nazi or not, the man can take a punch. Self-described white nationalist and “alt-right” movement leader Richard Spencer was socked in the face by a protester in downtown D.C.... during a taped interview after Donald Trump’s inauguration. The 38-year-old confirmed the on-air assault on Twitter Friday afternoon, saying he was attacked twice...
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Lawmakers react to Trump's inauguration

CBSNews - 21 Jan 2017 06:42
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings said "I was hoping he would say more to bring the country together"
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Within hours of being sworn in, the new presient got down to business with congressional leaders signing nominations for his Cabinet picks
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Fact-Checking President DonaldWe took a look at some of President Trump's statements.
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Police arrest at least 217 inWashington, D.C., interim Police Chief Peter Newsham said Friday evening that police had arrested 217 people for rioting during a day of Inauguration Day protests throughout the city, demonstrating... against President Trump. A "very small percentage" of the thousands of protesters were violent, he said, though that faction caused "significant damage" along a number of blocks. Protesters blocked several security checkpoints, and a group of "black bloc" anticapitalist, antifascist activists threw rocks and bricks at police, smashed windows, set a handful of trash cans and a limousine ablaze. Police responded with chemical spray and flash-bang or stun grenades. "It's a little jarring when you're in a peaceful march with drumming and chanting and the next thing you know flash bangs are going off...
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Man Shot at University ofThe man sustained possible life-threatening injuries, police said.
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Turkish MPs approve bill to create executive presidency

Al Jazeera English - 21 Jan 2017 08:35
Changes, subject to a referendum, are to expand president's powers as head of executive while abolishing prime ministry.
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Scientists searching for lifeScientists are currently searching for life on a nearby exoplanet that sits squarely within the “Goldilocks zone” -- the sweet spot in space where conditions are just right for water to exist. The... “super-Earth,” dubbed Wolf 1061c, is one of our closest neighbors and is located in a star system roughly 14 light-years away from...
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Trump Slams 'Phony Polls' andPresident Donald Trump is still taking aim at his 'enemies.'
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Jordan struggles to draw new tourists

Al Jazeera English - 21 Jan 2017 08:25
Recent Karak siege was just the latest setback to an industry in flux.
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Protests erupt in Gaza as electricity crisis deepens

Al Jazeera English - 21 Jan 2017 08:25
In many areas, Palestinians received only three hours of electricity at a time, punctuated by 12-hour blackouts.
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Deadly blast rocks market in Pakistan's northwest

Al Jazeera English - 21 Jan 2017 08:21
At least 20 killed, dozens wounded in a bomb explosion at a vegetable market in Kurram Agency's Parachinar city.
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Rick Perry caught chewingRick Perry apparently needs a lesson in manners. The former Texas governor, nominated by Trump to lead the Energy Department, was caught on tape chewing gum and casually blowing a bubble behind the... newly sworn-in president -- just as Rabbi Marvin Hier was giving his benediction at the inauguration. The move didn't sit well people...
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Tractors, bagpipers and aThe celebration of President Trump's inauguration Friday included an hours-long parade through the streets of Washington that featured a Revolutionary War band, bagpipers in kilts -- and a giant... procession of tractors. The newly minted commander-in-chief and his first lady, Melania Trump kicked off the festivities as they split time on foot and in the...
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Trump forced to give up beloved Android

New York Post - 21 Jan 2017 07:34
Trump forced to give upThe commander-in-tweet had to surrender his cellphone. Trump was forced to give up the Android device with which he loves to tweet before his inauguration, trading it in for a more secure handset... approved by the Secret Service, The New York Times reported. He's also getting a new cellphone number, which only a select group...
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Schumer's 'partisan'WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles Schumer faced a tough crowd at Donald Trump's inauguration and was met by loud boos when he told them the nation faces a "challenging and tumultuous time." The Democratic... Senate leader outlined the challenges as a fractured media, changing economy, "a politics frequently consumed by rancor" and declining faith in government....
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Yahya Jammeh Agrees to StepAmid political paralysis in the country, the United Nations has warned of a humanitarian crisis as refugees flood across the border to Senegal.
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Turkey's parliament on Saturday approved a contentious constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep... Tayyip Erdogan's office.
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The retired general was confirmed by the Senate in an overwhelming vote of approval
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Trump's inauguration ushers inJonathan Ernst/Reuters Oliver Stuenkel, Fundação Getúlio Vargas Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20 exemplifies a phenomenon that is likely to shape global politics for years to come: the... rise of the strongman. The term is broadly used to describe law-and-order candidates with authoritarian tendencies who weaken institutions and concentrate power in the executive. As leaders, they tend to reject pluralism (the idea that political power is distributed among many institutions, both governmental and nongovernmental). Instead, they often claim to be the exclusive representatives of "the people". Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro are classic strongmen. Calling their opponents "unpatriotic" and implying they are guided by "foreign...
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His love of gold is well known, and we aren’t just referring to money. President Donald Trump has already redecorated the Oval Office at the White House, CNN reported Friday night, and photos show... the room’s reddish curtains have been replaced with gold-hued drapes. “They always change the carpet; he changed the carpet. It’s a sunburst pattern,” CNN’s Erin Burnett noted Friday evening, while Time’s Zeke Miller reported the rug is actuallyfrom the George W. Bush era. Other Oval Office color: The drapes have been replaced. Obama had crimson ones. Trump's are now gold. Rug also replaced to Bush-era one — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 21, 2017 The gold drapes also appear to be from the Bush era, according to photographs: Among other updates, a bust of Winston Churchill is...
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This exorcism-performingA Catholic priest in Mexico has performed so many exorcisms, he claims the devil now fears him, according to a report Friday. Francisco Lopez, 80, has a conducted a head-twisting 6,000 exorcisms over... the past 40 years, according to the Spanish language paper Hoy Los Angeles. To rid parishioners of evil spirits, he places his...
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Some Trump Supporters atA number of supporters of President Trump at his inauguration embraced two big ideas his predecessor championed, even as they harshly criticized former President Obama. In interviews on the National... Mall, many Trump backers favored allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to stay and creating a more accessible health care…
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Obama hits up donors for money until the very end

New York Post - 21 Jan 2017 07:43
Obama hits up donors for moneyHe won't give up -- on taking your money. Barack Obama was still pleading for donations less than hour before he turned the presidency over to Donald Trump. "I'll make this brief: I'm emailing for... $1," he begged in the email, which had the subject line "unfortunately" and was blasted out at 10:40 a.m. Friday....
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Melania's Tiffany gift toIt's an inaugural mystery. At the White House Friday morning, Melania Trump presented former First Lady Michelle Obama with a big, blue box from Tiffany & Company, the luxury jeweler just a few feet... from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. The moment seemed far from planned, with Michelle awkwardly looking around for a place to...
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