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Meet Aminé, a Joyful Rapper With an Eye on Politics

From a distance, Aminé (born Adam Amine Daniel) exudes glee and mischief. On the back of his laptop is a Supreme sticker cut up and reshuffled to read “penis.” On the cover of his album, he is seated on a blue toilet, naked from the calves up. A few weeks ago, he was selected as part of XXL magazine’s annual Freshmen list; on the magazine’s cover, he wore a T-shirt with several mispronunciations of his name. He was determined to release his album during the summer — “When who I…

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With New Sanctions, Senate Forces President’s Hand on Russia

Last week, after House and Senate leaders announced an agreement on sanctions, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the incoming White House press secretary, suggested that Mr. Trump would sign the final package. Since then, though, the administration has hedged, saying that Mr. Trump will have to review the measure. “The administration supports sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. We continue to support strong sanctions against those three countries,” Ms. Sanders said on Thursday. “And we’re going to wait and see what that final legislation looks like, and make a decision at…

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Newsbook: 3 Books That Delve Into What Work Means to Us

Work, and our relationship to it, is evolving. On Thursday, Google.org, the tech giant’s philanthropic arm, announced a $50 million initiative to support organizations preparing people for the changing job market. Employee priorities are shifting, and companies, particularly in the tech world, are responding by offering enhanced benefits, more flex time (like summer hours) and other in-office perks. In the three novels below, the characters’ time at the office interacts with their personal lives in various ways — in one case the former threatens to completely engulf the latter. Photo…

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Senate passes sanctions bill targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea

The Senate has passed a sweeping sanctions package targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, 97-2. The U.S. House passed the sanctions package Tuesday in a 419-3 vote, sending the legislation to the Senate. The White House has not definitively said that President Trump will sign the bill, but the the measure won a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. The measure — a reprimand for Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle, among other things — requires congressional approval before the president can…

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Scaramucci rips Priebus, Bannon in interview

Newly installed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza Wednesday night to demand information about leaks emanating from the executive branch, and in the process criticized many of his colleagues while using copious profanity.    Scaramucci, apparently believing that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had leaked information about a dinner President Trump had Wednesday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Fox executive Bill Shine, first threatened to fire the entire communications staff if Lizza did not divulge the source of…

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Why cracking down on White House leaks may not work

The newly-named White House communications director is taking aim at leakers. In a Wednesday night tweet that has since been deleted, Anthony Scaramucci called for federal investigators to look into how Politico obtained his financial disclosure forms. (Politico said Thursday the documents were publicly available, not leaked.) CBS News chief Washington correspondent John Dickerson said, “Often, leaks are the sign of a White House that’s not operating in a healthy way.”  The “Face the Nation” moderator joined “CBS This Morning” to discuss what the constant drip of information out of…

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Jeff Sessions says of Trump’s criticism that “it’s kind of hurtful”

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador  — After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve. He conceded that the president’s criticism pains him, though. Asked by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson whether he thinks Mr. Trump’s criticism is fair, Sessions said that “it’s kind of hurtful, but the president of the United States is a strong leader.” He also told Carlson the president “has had a lot of criticism, and…

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Jeff Sessions says he’ll stay on as AG as long as Trump wants him in the job

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador  — After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve. Sessions told The Associated Press he and Mr. Trump have a “harmony of values and beliefs” and he intends to stay and fight for the president’s agenda “as long as he sees that as appropriate.” “If he wants to make a change, he has every right,” Sessions said in an interview outside the U.S….

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Amid White House tensions, briefing focuses on MS-13 gang

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2017. Joshua Roberts As controversy engulfs the White House, new press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders focused half of Thursday’s briefing on the administration’s latest efforts to combat violence perpetrated by MS-13 gang members. With a White House under fire for President Trump’s surprise announcement to ban transgender troops from the military, brewing tensions between chief of staff Reince Priebus and new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, and the president’s Twitter attacks on…

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