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China bans Justin Bieber from performing

Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China.  Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for iHeart BEIJING — Not everybody has Bieber Fever.  Pop star Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China, the capital said. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said that Bieber’s past “bad behavior” precludes him from singing in China, though it did also say that Bieber has talent.  In response to a question from a purported fan on its web page, the Bureau of Culture said it was acting in the interest of imposing standards and…

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Pence and Tom Price turn to grassroots to push Obamacare repeal

Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Sec. Tom Price hosted a round-table discussion with a dozen grassroots leaders on Friday to put additional pressure on Republican senators as they gear up for a procedural vote sometime next week on legislation that would repeal Obamacare. Four days after the Senate failed to bring the second version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to the floor, Pence called the meeting with the grassroots leaders “historic.”  As @POTUS Trump said, inaction is not an option. Obamacare is collapsing all across the country. It’s…

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Everything you need to know about Anthony Scaramucci

Why are we talking about this Anthony Scaramucci guy? The 52-year-old “Mooch,” as he is sometimes known, is the White House’s new communications director. Before taking the job Friday morning, he was working as the chief strategy officer and senior vice president at the Ex-Im Bank. His appointment was a major reason outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned. And before that? Scaramucci is a native Long Islander who’s made a fortune in New York finance. He has also been a major donor to Republican candidates and causes, and…

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Spicer resigns as press secretary in White House shakeup

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday in a decision tied to the hiring of new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, marking a major shakeup in the president’s press shop at an already tumultuous time.  In a swift set of developments, former deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders was announced as Spicer’s replacement.  And Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier, addressed reporters from the briefing podium in his new capacity as communications director.  WATCH SPICER, SCARAMUCCI AND PRIEBUS FRIDAY AT 10 PM ON FOX NEWS’ ‘HANNITY’  Hinting at what may have driven the shakeup and…

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Breaking From Campaign Rhetoric, Trump Brings Terrorism Suspect to U.S. for Trial

Photo Ali Charaf Damache, accused of being an Al Qaeda recruiter, was scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Philadelphia. Credit Peter Morrison/Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has brought an Al Qaeda suspect to the United States to face trial in federal court, backing off its hard-line position that terrorist suspects should be sent to the naval prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, rather than to civilian courtrooms. The suspect, Ali Charaf Damache, was transferred from Spain and was scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Philadelphia,…

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Lyft vows to go “open source” in building self-driving cars

DETROIT – Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service says it will open its network, inviting automakers and tech companies to use it to haul passengers and gather data. It may even share computer software and sensor technology. Raj Kapoor, the company’s chief strategy officer, says Lyft is pursuing the open strategy as a way to lead and bring the environmental…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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Legendary wildcatter Boone Pickens takes a Texas-sized fall

The health of T. Boone Pickens, the famed 89-year-old oilfield wildcatter, financier and corporate raider, has taken a turn for the worse after a “Texas-sized fall” put him in the hospital last week. In a posting to LinkedIn, Pickens said that he is still mentally strong but that as far as his life goes, “I clearly am in the fourth quarter.” Pickens, the founder and chairman of the Dallas investment firm BP Capital, suffered several strokes over the holiday and has been undergoing speech therapy. He said that he’s regained…

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he does his “best every day” — live updates

Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 11:23 AM EDT Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a speech in Philadelphia Friday morning that he does his “best every day” to be faithful to the laws of the U.S. and Constitution and to fulfill the goals that he and President Trump share, which includes defending Americans from “international crime.”  He said that his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, is “really a good guy” and is the one who runs the Justice Department. The speech was focused on sanctuary cities. Sessions’ office said that…

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Lyft to Develop Self-Driving Car Technology in New Silicon Valley Facility

Lyft is taking a markedly different approach from Uber. While Uber’s self-driving plans have mostly been a solo effort, Lyft has announced what it calls its Open Platform Initiative, a way to develop autonomous vehicle technology in conjunction with automakers and technology companies. “We want to bring the whole industry together with this, and we think there’s a unique opportunity in time right now for Lyft to become a leader while doing it,” said Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s chief strategy officer, in a press event at the company’s San Francisco headquarters….

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