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Rex Tillerson Threatened to Quit This Summer, Called Trump a “Moron”

Tillerson v TrumpNBC News reported Wednesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson threatened to resign this summer in frustration over the president’s actions and referred to Trump as a “moron” after a July meeting.

The story, which cited multiple current and former senior administration officials, also said Vice President Mike Pence had to step in to calm Tillerson over his anger at the president.

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Nobel prize in physics awarded to 3 Americans for discovery of gravitational waves

gravitational waves

Three American physicists have won the Nobel prize in physics for the first observations of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago.

Rainer Weiss has been awarded one half of the 9m Swedish kronor (£825,000) prize, announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday. Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will share the other half of the prize.

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Congress Votes On Abortion Ban After Letting Children’s Health Program Expire

Bob Goodlatte (R-W VA) authored anti abortion bill in HouseHouse Republicans are expected to pass a bill on Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy ― a move the Trump administration said will “help to facilitate a culture of life.” The move comes three days after Congress allowed a federal children’s health program to expire, potentially leaving millions of poor children without insurance coverage.

The abortion bill, which the House has passed before, would shorten the time period in which a woman can legally seek an abortion, based on the medically unsupported claim that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, authored an op-ed on the anti-abortion website LifeNews.com on Monday touting the legislation.

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Hundreds of White House emails sent to third Kushner family account

Hundreds of Wh emails went to

White House officials have begun examining emails associated with a third and previously unreported email account on Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s private domain, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Hundreds of emails have been sent since January from White House addresses to accounts on the Kushner family domain, these people said. Many of those emails went not to Kushner’s or Ivanka Trump’s personal addresses but to an account they both had access to and shared with their personal household staff for family scheduling.

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GOP gives ground in ObamaCare stabilization talks

GOP gives ground in Obamacare stabilization talks

Republicans are willing to provide insurers with two years of ObamaCare subsidies under a bipartisan market stabilization bill, according to the Senate Health Committee chairman.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said continuing cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies for two years is a key part of the stabilization package he is trying to negotiate with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

Alexander and Murray are continuing to try to rally Republicans and Democrats around a short-term plan to lower ObamaCare premiums in 2018 and 2019.

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Trump brings harsh edge to Puerto Rico trip

Trump harsh words in PR

President Donald Trump brought a jarring tone to Puerto Rico as he was briefed on the hurricane devastation, appearing to blame the U.S. territory for having “thrown our budget a little out of whack” and complimenting officials for sustaining only 16 deaths, compared with the much higher human toll of Hurricane Katrina.

“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico,” Trump said Tuesday in his first public remarks from the island, which declared a form of bankruptcy in May. “And that’s fine.”

U.S. to expel 15 Cuban embassy staffers

US expels 15 Cuban Diplomats

The U.S. government has ordered 15 staff members from the Cuban Embassy in Washington to leave the country, a State Department official said Tuesday, a step intended to bring diplomatic operations between the two nations into parity after the U.S. cut its staff in Havana last week.

The official said the expulsion of Cuban diplomats should not be taken as an indication of a larger policy shift toward Havana, nor should it be read as the U.S. government blaming its Cuban counterparts for a series of sonic attacks against American diplomatic personnel. It was those attacks that prompted the State Department last week to order more than 60 percent of its embassy staff in Havana to leave the island.

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Sec. Mattis Breaks With Trump: We Must Stay in Iran Deal

Sec. Mattis: Stay in Iran dealSecretary of Defense James Mattis on Tuesday broke with his boss, President Trump, to tell the Senate Armed Services Committee that he believes the U.S. should remain in the Iran deal.

“Do you believe it is in our national security interest [to remain in the deal]?” Sen. Angus King (I-ME) asked the secretary, who then replied: “Yes, senator, I do.”

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Two Wall Street giants criticize Trump tax plan

Warren BuffetPresident Donald Trump’s tax reform plan came under new criticism on Tuesday from two towering Wall Street figures, including billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who called into question a Republican drive to slash the U.S. corporate rate.

With the White House and top Republicans in Congress already on the defensive over claims the plan would not cut taxes for many middle-class Americans, Buffett and BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) Chief Executive Larry Fink suggested in separate interviews that the corporate rate may not have to be cut as deeply as proposed.

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