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Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It

Royal Swagger For over a century, Qatar’s rulers were plagued by insecurity, usually at the hands of their own relatives. Tamim’s grandfather toppled a cousin as emir in 1972, only to be pushed from the throne himself by his son, Hamad, in 1995. The ousted emir, who learned of his …

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CNN Poll: President Trump’s approval rating edges up to 40%

Story highlights President Trump’s approval rating climbed from 35% in December to 40% now A majority of Americans, 55%, say they disapprove of Trump’s job performance It’s still the lowest for any modern president at this point in a term A majority of Americans, 55%, say they disapprove of Trump’s …

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The exhausting first year of Donald Trump’s presidency

Trump is like a raging storm that never blows itself out, as his early morning Twitter rants injected into the nation’s central nervous system trigger outrages that obliterate traditional political debate and make days feel like weeks, weeks feel like months and months feel like years. The normal tools for …

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Blame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdown

Minutes after a Senate bill collapsed Friday night, the blame game for the federal government shutdown began. Sen. Kamala Harris: “This shutdown was avoidable. The WH created this crisis & the GOP leaders in Congress refused to negotiate with Democrats. We must pass a bipartisan solution to fund the government, …

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How senators voted on the government shutdown

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican: YES Sen. Dan Sullivan, Republican: YES Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, Democrat: YES Sen. Richard Shelby, Republican: YES Arkansas Sen. John Boozman, Republican: YES Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican: YES Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Republican: NO Sen. John McCain, Republican: Did not vote California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat: …

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