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Copenhagen University in Denmark offers course on Beyoncé, Gender and Race

A university in Denmark is offering a course based on Beyonce’s life. According to television station TV2, around 75 students have signed up. There’s reportedly so much interest in the University of Copenhagen course – called Beyonce, Gender and Race – that it’s had to move to a bigger lecture theatre. Professor Erik Steinskog told the Danish broadcaster that he’d be presenting the singer’s lyrics, videos and performances to students. He says it’s designed to be an academic course where arts and cultural studies undergraduates can pick up credits towards […]

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Spicer lands post-White House gig

Sean Spicer’s first paid speaking gig will be in New York City on Sept. 11, at the annual conference of the investment bank Rodman & Renshaw. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo President Donald Trump’s former press secretary will go on the paid speaking circuit. By ANNIE KARNI  Sean Spicer is cashing in on “candor.” President Donald Trump’s first press secretary — who ceded his high-profile post to Sarah Huckabee Sanders in July but celebrated his official last day in the West Wing on Aug. 31 — has signed with Worldwide […]

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Fight over Dreamers to test Bannon’s juice outside the White House

With Trump largely punting the DACA decision to Congress, Bannon is ready for combat with GOP leaders. By ELIANA JOHNSON, JOSH DAWSEY and ANDREW RESTUCCIA When it comes to immigration, Steve Bannon has made it clear he’s ready to take on the Republican leaders of Congress. Before strategist Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House last month, aides to President Donald Trump quietly worried what kind of damage he would inflict from the outside. Some invoked President Lyndon Johnson, who infamously said he didn’t fire his FBI chief, J. Edgar […]

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GOP leaders banking on Trump to save them from fiscal disaster

Republican lawmakers say Trump’s endorsement of a ‘clean’ debt increase and no-drama funding deal would tamp down an intraparty fight. By BURGESS EVERETT and RACHAEL BADE Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (right) are mulling a basic framework to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts and avert an Oct. 1 shutdown. | Mandel  Congressional Republicans, rudderless on an unpopular debt ceiling and government funding strategy, are looking to President Donald Trump to bail them out. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul […]

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Sessions says DACA ‘being rescinded’ with window for Congress to act

Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA chant slogans and holds signs while joining a Labor Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 4. |  ‘This does not mean they are bad people or that our nation disrespects or demeans them,’ Sessions says about the Dreamers. By NOLAN D. MCCASKILL   UPDATE 11:13 a.m.: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s administration is rescinding an Obama-era policy that provided work permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children, with […]

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Trump tells Congress to ‘get ready to do your job on DACA’

President Donald Trump built much of his presidential campaign on a promise to deport every single undocumented immigrant out of the U.S.  By LOUIS NELSON  President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Congress to “get ready to do your job” as his administration reportedly prepares to shutter a program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to announce Tuesday that the Trump administration will end the DACA program, which was created by the Obama administration to grant work permits to […]

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Trump’s punt to Confress on DACA threatens new GOP rift

A growing number of Republican lawmakers are softening toward Dreamers, but others say Trump can’t end the program fast enough. By SEUNG MIN KIM and RACHAEL BADE   Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed similar sentiments towards softening policy for Dreamers in the past.  President Donald Trump’s expected decision to punt the fate of nearly 800,000 Dreamers to Congress promises to drive yet another rift through an already fractured Republican Party, which has for years struggled to coalesce around immigration reform proposals. Already, GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill are […]

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Trump’s meeting with tax negotiators kicks off fall reform push

While there are no indications that anyone is expecting a breakthrough Tuesday, some have raised expectations that more details could emerge soon. By AARON LORENZO President Donald Trump plans to visit North Dakota to speak on tax reform, a state home to a vulnerable Senate Democrat. | Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images When President Donald Trump sits down Tuesday with tax reform negotiators from his administration and Congress, they’re hoping it will mark the start of a final push to get legislation to Trump’s desk before the year is through. Agreement on […]

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Senate’s Obamacare fixes would build on heavy lifting by states

The result is an Obamacare system that’s still vulnerable, but far from the ‘disaster’ Trump and his top health officials describe. By ADAM CANCRYN Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are aiming to pass a narrow stabilization package by the end of the month, in what would mark the first major bipartisan changes to the 2010 law. While Congress was busy bickering over repealing the health law, officials in red and blue states worked frantically to soothe anxious insurers, tamp down rate increases and insulate their markets from […]

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Lawmakers to Trump: Don’t withdraw from South Korea trade post

Rep. Kevin Brady and the other lawmakers acknowledged some U.S. industries were frustrated with South Korea’s implementation of the agreement and its compliance with terms of the pact. By DOUG PALMER  House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and a bipartisan group of senior members of Congress urged President Donald Trump Tuesday not to follow through on his threat to withdraw from a free trade agreement with South Korea, even though there have been some problems with the five-year-old pact. “North Korea’s latest nuclear test underscores yet again the vital […]

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