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Senate Prepares For Nuclear Showdown:

More than a year of tension over an empty Supreme Court seat comes to a dramatic climax Thursday, when both parties in the Senate are poised to take action leading to an outcome neither party wants.

It’s a head-scratching situation loaded with nuance, procedural twists and Senate history — not to mention a spot on the nation’s highest court — and a standoff that reflects a peak in polarization following a deeply divisive presidential election.
The question is whether there will be any last-minute surprises to a long-running quarrel that’s failed to yield any agreements, despite bipartisan talks behind the scenes.
Republicans are positioned to use the nuclear option Thursday to make a permanent and controversial change in Senate rules and overcome a Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court.


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Trump Meets Xi: What’s At Stake:

It’s a blind date with global ramifications.

President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping meet for the first time Thursday and will seek to forge a connection and to stabilize the world’s most important diplomatic relationship, despite a gulf between them in experience, temperament and global outlook.
Both have a long way to come to meet in the middle.

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Schwarzenegger Accuses Trump Of ‘Robbing (Children) Blind’:

Arnold Schwarzenegger found himself in familiar territory Wednesday: taking aim at President Donald Trump.

This time, the actor and former California governor blasted the President over his proposed $1.2 billion cut to after-school programs.
“President Trump promised us he wants to ‘make America great again.’ That’s not how you make America great, by taking $1.2 billion from the children and robbing them blind,” Schwarzenegger said in front of hundreds of program leaders at the National After-School Summit at the University of Southern California’s Schwarzenegger Institute.

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Krispy Kreme Owner Buys Panera For $7.5 Billion:

Talk about carb loading. Sandwich chain Panera has agreed to sell itself to JAB, a German conglomerate that owns Krispy Kreme and the Einstein and Noah bagel chains, for $7.5 billion.

In a statement Wednesday, Panera and JAB said they hope the deal would close in the third quarter of this year.

Panera founder and CEO Ron Shaich said in a statement that selling to JAB would allow Panera to increase its investments in its digital and mobile ordering technology as well as increase its focus on using healthier ingredients.

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Barry Manilow On Coming Out And His Secret Marriage:

For years Barry Manilow kept his sexuality a secret, fearful of how fans might react.

“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay,” the legendary singer recently told People magazine. “So I never did anything.”
These days Manilow is not only out but on the cover of People talking about his private life and love of 39 years, his manager Garry Kief.
It’s a rare moment of openness for the 73-year-old star who told the publication, “I’m so private. I always have been.”

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