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Source: Fox News

Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis could leave administration: 'He's sort of a Democrat'

Today 07:00 GMT

In an interview set for broadcast Sunday, President Trump speculated whether Secretary of Defense James Mattis might soon leave the administration, just weeks after a book by journalist Bob Woodward reported that Mattis had privately compared Trump to a "fifth- or sixth-grader." Asked by "60 Minutes" host Lesley Stahl whether Mattis would depart, Trump responded, "Well, I don't know.

Although an analysis by the nonprofit Brookings Institution has said previous administrations lost a similar number of top officials in their initial years.

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Source: Washington Post

Two princes: Kushner now faces a reckoning for Trump’s bet on the Saudi heir

Today 10:51 GMT

When President Trump chose Riyadh to make his debut on the world stage last year, he was placing a bet on Saudi Arabia, which serenaded him with military bands, dazzled him with a flyover of fighter jets and regaled him with a traditional sword dance.

The presidential son-in-law has carefully cultivated a close partnership with the heir to the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Kushner has championed as a reformer poised to usher the ultraconservative oil-rich monarchy into modernity.

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Source: CBS News

Trump on prospect of Mattis' departure: "At some point, everybody leaves"

Sunday 23:41 GMT

President Trump suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis could be one of the next administration officials to depart his Cabinet.

While leading the nation's military, Mattis has sometimes been at odds with more hawkish administration officials like John Bolton, the president's national security adviser. Mattis has at times parted ways with the president, most notably pushing for more diplomatic measures in the summer of 2017 to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Source: Washington Post

Trump unsure whether Mattis will leave, says he’s is ‘sort of a Democrat’

Today 03:19 GMT

President Trump said he is unsure whether Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave the administration and described him as “sort of a Democrat,” amid reports of friction between the two. Trump made the remarks in an interview with CBS News’s “60 Minutes” that airs Sunday night.

Trump said that he has a “very good relationship” with Mattis and that the two had lunch together “two days ago,” but the president added that “it could be that he is” leaving. “I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said.

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Source: BBC

1,000mph car goes into administration

Today 10:51 GMT

The project to race a car at over 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration.

The team would then wait for another rain season to pass before returning to Hakskeen with the addition of a Nammo motor to raise the land speed record above 800mph, and then ultimately to over 1,000mph. The current plan is to run the car in the first instance in the region of 500-600mph (800-965km/h), using just the Eurofighter jet, to get a better sense of how the car behaves as it approaches the speed of sound.

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Source: The Guradian

Trump administration plans crackdown on protests outside White House

Saturday 13:35 GMT

Donald Trump has frequently and falsely crowed about the idea of so-called paid protesters, including most recently the sexual assault survivors who confronted senators in the lead up to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

Now his administration may be trying to turn that concept on its head, by requiring citizens to pay to be able to protest, among other affronts to the first amendment. Under the proposal introduced by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in August, the administration is looking to close 80% of the sidewalks surrounding the White House, and has suggested that it could charge “event management” costs, for demonstrations.

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Source: Washington Post

China’s trade surplus with the U.S. hit a record $34.1 billion in September amid trade war

Saturday 10:49 GMT

China’s trade surplus with the United States hit a new record last month, defying — for now, at least — President Trump’s predictions that tariffs would help redress the trade imbalance.

China enjoyed a record high $34.1 billion trade surplus with the U.S. in September, taking the surplus for the year to date to $225.8 billion, according to Chinese statistics released on Friday. “We expect the dynamic to change once we get a bit deeper into this, but for now China is trying to outrun the next round of tariffs,” he said.

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Source: Common Domain

U.S. Edges Toward New Cold-War Era With China

Saturday 22:45 GMT

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has criticized China’s theft of intellectual property from American businesses, including with a scathing report on Beijing’s Made in China 2025 policy, a blueprint for turning China into a global manufacturing leader.

Peter Navarro, the president’s trade adviser, is a longtime China hawk and compiled a report this summer for Mr. Trump that showed how China’s economic aggression threatens the U.S. technology sector.

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Source: Fox News

Ocasio-Cortez: 'There's no debate' that fossil fuel production should stop

Saturday 19:05 GMT

Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallied an audience of supporters in Washington Thursday evening with calls to implement single-payer health care and tuition-free college – along with an appeal to stop fossil fuel production entirely.

Ocasio-Cortez, who is running to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has made no secret of her opposition to fossil fuels. She’s called for politicians to forsake donations from the industry and is pushing a “Green New Deal” plan which entails a shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.


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