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Iran celebrates an Oscar win — and a chance to needle President Trump

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Beyond Oscars' best picture chaos, 'Moonlight' and 'La La Land' disrupt the status quo. 'Moonlight,' first LGBTQ best picture, sends 'strong message' to film industry, GLAAD president says

Trump has singled out Iran for criticism since taking office, ordering fresh sanctions following an Iranian missile test and threatening to reconsider a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, that has eased economic restrictions against the Islamic republic.

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Seoul pins assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother on North Korean government

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The assassination of the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was directed by North Korea’s ministry of state security and foreign ministry, South Korean lawmakers briefed by the country’s intelligence agency said Monday.

Malaysia hasn't directly accused the North Korean government of being behind the attack, but officials have said four North Korean men provided two women with poison to carry it out.

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A Democratic candidate tries to send a message in an off-year election

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If Democrat Tom Perriello gets his way, this year's gubernatorial race in Virginia will send a message to President Donald Trump and the state's Democratic establishment — as well as possibly change Virginia's politics for a generation.

Before he takes on Trump, Perriello is challenging Virginia's Democratic establishment by running in a primary for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination against Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who has been endorsed by Democratic Gov. McAuliffe, as well as the state's two Democratic U.S. senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.

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Source: NBC News

George W. Bush to Trump: Free press 'indispensable to Democracy'

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In his first in-depth interview since Trump's inauguration, the former president took aim at the current White House occupant's oft repeated claim that the mainstream media is the "enemy of the people" — but took care not to mention Trump by name. "I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy," Bush told Matt Lauer on the TODAY show.

Pointedly, Bush told Lauer that he had tried to get Russian President Vladimir Putin "to accept the notion of an independent press." "It's kind of hard to, you know, tell others to have an independent free press when we're not willing to have one ourselves," he said.

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Source: New York Times

Jim Mattis Faces First Big Test: Producing Options to Fight ISIS

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As Defense Secretary Jim Mattis prepares to submit his first big pitch to his new boss — options for accelerating the fight against the Islamic State — he is balancing the need to rein in President Trump’s more extreme impulses without distancing himself too much and losing White House favor.

Mr. Mattis will probably present Mr. Trump a range of options that include loosening some battlefield restrictions and allowing American troops to get closer to the fight.

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Source: Reuters

Trump to lay out healthcare revamp details in speech to Congress

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Trump is to talk about healthcare, among other topics, in a nationally televised address on Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.

Trump said he would be discuss healthcare on Monday when he meets some of the governors who are in Washington for the National Governors Association's annual meeting. Trump cast his first weeks in office in a positive light despite stumbles including an executive order aimed at banning people from seven Muslim-majority nations that was immediately embroiled in a court challenge.

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Source: New York Times

French Historian Says He Was Threatened With Deportation at Houston Airport

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Henry Rousso, a French historian and one of the most pre-eminent scholars on the Holocaust, said he was detained for more than 10 hours by federal border agents in Houston and told he would not be allowed to enter the United States before lawyers intervened to stop his deportation.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said on Tuesday that the president wanted to “take the shackles off” of agents who had, under President Barack Obama, been under orders to focus only on serious criminals.

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Source: The Guradian

Donald Trump's first budget: enormous defense spending as most agencies cut

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The White House said on Monday Donald Trump’s upcoming budget would propose a whopping $54bn increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid.

White House budget officials outlined the information during a telephone call with reporters given on condition of anonymity, a day before Trump’s first speech to Congress and as budget proposals were being sent out to government departments.

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Source: Common Domain

Will the ides of March bury the stock market’s record run?

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“I come here to bury Caesar, not to praise to him,” says Marc Antony in Act III, Scene II of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar.

The question for stock-market investors is, “Will March be the month that buries a run of records and monthly advances?” Caesar was famously murdered by a cadre of Roman senators on March 15, 44 B.C.E.

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Source: The Guradian

Who won the Oscars 2017 red carpet Political ribbons and a Calvin Klein train

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Roundly shaded by Streep after accusing her of being paid for what she wears on the red carpet, he did not score any major names in Chanel.

While the political ribbons and pins on the red carpet might look like a minor detail, in images which will be beamed around the globe these small statements punch above their weight.

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Source: Washington Post

Trump’s Cabinet has to work as a cleanup crew

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If some of Trump’s issues with his Cabinet heads can be blamed on bad communication, he seems willfully out of line with other agencies, especially those dealing with national security and intelligence.

Five weeks into Trump’s tenure in office, his deputies have found themselves softening, explaining and sometimes outright contradicting the president. This public and often yawning gulf between Trump and his agency heads has added to the sense of chaos and turmoil emanating from the White House, sending his secretaries scrambling to interpret their boss’s exact positions and leaving other nations confused as to who, exactly, speaks on behalf of the administration.

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Source: CBS News

Father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen raid refused to meet Trump at ceremony

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The father of a Navy SEAL killed during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation into its planning and criticized the Trump administration for its timing.

Bill Owens told The Miami Herald in a story published Sunday that he refused to meet with President Donald Trump when both came to Dover Air Force Base to receive the casket carrying his son, Chief Special Warfare Officer William “Ryan” Owens. “I want an investigation,” said Owens, a retired Fort Lauderdale police detective and veteran.

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Source: Global News

Trump says presidency has been ‘a lot of fun’ in remarks to nation’s governors

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President Donald Trump toasted the nation’s governors Sunday night, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball at the White House ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law.

Trump welcomed 46 governors and their spouses to the annual Governors’ Ball at the White House, the first major social event of his administration. The president congratulated first lady Melania Trump on the elegant candle-lit event in the State Dining Room, telling the audience, “The room, they say, has never looked better, but who knows.”

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Source: BBC

Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late winner secured the EFL Cup and gave Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho his first success since his summer appointment, as brave Southampton were beaten at Wembley.

On the same day, Southampton turn their attention back to the league when they face Watford at Vicarage Road (15:00 GMT).

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Source: BBC

Oscars 2017: Sartorial protests on the Hollywood stage

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"As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I'm against any form of wall that separates us," stated Bernal as he was presenting the award for best animated feature film.

For celebrities and film-makers protesting against recent American political decisions, what bigger stage is there than an awards ceremony watched by millions around the world? Actors and directors used the red carpet at the Oscars in Los Angeles to broadcast their views on President Trump's temporary travel ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries, issued in January.

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