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Trump reacts to Pompeo's tirade against NPR reporter: 'You did a good job on her'

  • WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to congratulate his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, for shouting and cursing at a reporter for National Public Radio who had asked Pompeo questions about Ukraine.
  • Pompeo had long been considering a run for Senate in his home state of Kansas, and Trump's comments drew laughter from the audience.
  • Beyond the White House, however, Pompeo's decision to call NPR's Mary Louise Kelly into a private room at the State Department on Friday to yell at her has been condemned by journalists and news organizations.
  • The incident took place on Friday, after Kelly pressed Pompeo in an interview about why he had not defended Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, who was abruptly pulled from her post last spring.
  • After the Friday interview, Kelly said an aide to Pompeo called her to the secretary's private living room.

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Putin is giving Russia a glimpse of a future without him, and it could mean trouble

  • By investing the State Duma with the power to appoint ministers (other than the power ministries that a future president would continue to appoint under the proposed charter amendments) and depriving the president of a veto, the various factions in parliament will have no choice but to work toward a consensus rather than acting on the dictates of one individual.
  • (If United Russia no longer controls a majority, it could have other parties form a governing coalition government without it.) The party currently controls 341 of the 450 seats in the State Duma, likely giving it a big enough cushion to weather any downturn in popularity in next year's parliamentary elections (or possibly sooner if constitutional reform efforts also lead to early elections).
  • In the long term, electoral challenges to United Russia, as well as factional competition within the party and the political interest groups surrounding it, will likely weaken executive power in Russia, which has a long history of political violence, rather than consensus-based governance.

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Trump's Middle East peace plan calls for two states, with Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem

  • President Donald Trump's long-awaited Middle East peace plan calls for a state of Palestine with a capital in east Jerusalem, he said during an event on Tuesday with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • The plan calls for the recognition of Israeli settlements in the West Bank in exchange for a four-year freeze on new settlement activity.
  • It will double the territory under the control of the Palestinians, Trump said.
  • Trump also said that the U.S. will "proudly" open an embassy in the new Palestinian capital.
  • Gantz also met with Trump at the White House this week.
  • Trump has promised to broker a peace deal in the Middle East since the first days of his administration, and assigned his son-in-law, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, to oversee it.

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Trump administration 'disappointed' with UK's decision to grant Huawei access to 5G networks

  • WASHINGTON — The Trump administration expressed disappointment in the U.K.'s decision to allow Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei limited access to some British 5G mobile networks.
  • U.S. officials have long complained that Chinese intellectual property theft has cost the economy billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs and that it threatens national security.
  • What's more, the Director of National Intelligence, alongside the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency testified before lawmakers in 2018 on potential security risks posed by Huawei and ZTE.
  • The 2012 report and subsequent intelligence briefings on Huawei do not outline specific proof of Huawei's ties to Beijing, but assert the risk of allowing Huawei to supply this critical equipment is too great.
  • Huawei officials have said they have repeatedly asked the Department of Defense to allow the company to submit to a risk mitigation process, but no agreement has ever been discussed.

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Trump tells Fed to 'get smart' and slash interest rates so US can pay off record debt

  • That, by definition, is unsustainable." The White House regularly pressures the Fed to take aggressive steps to juice growth ahead of the November election, arguing that the central bank has put the US at a disadvantage against other countries.
  • President Donald Trump renewed attacks on the Federal Reserve on Tuesday, urging the independent central bank to slash borrowing costs just as it began its first policy meeting of the year.
  • The White House regularly pressures the Fed to take aggressive steps to juice growth ahead of the November election, arguing that the central bank has put the US at a disadvantage against other countries.

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Watch: President Trump unveils Middle East peace plan with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

  • President Donald Trump is expected to unveil the administration's long-awaited Middle East peace plan on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side.
  • The plan proposes new borders for Israel, allowing the annexation of some Palestinian territories, according to various reports.
  • Netanyahu embraced the plan, thanking the president at a White House meeting on Monday.
  • Upon his return last week from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump touted the plan which could allow Israel to annex parts of the West Bank, occupied by almost 3 million Palestinians.
  • Tuesday's meeting comes as the president's impeachment trial continues in the Senate.
  • Meanwhile, Netanyahu was formally indicted on corruption charges Tuesday, just hours before his meeting with Trump.
  • He faces yet another election in March, with Benny Gantz leading the opposition, after both politicians were unable to to form a new government last year.
  • Gantz also praised Trump's plan.

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Political Data Science: A tale of tweets

  • The current political situation in Scotland after the Brexit vote, and most recently, Boris Johnson’s win in the winter General Election of 2019, is very heated.
  • I then performed a systematic comparison with a Deep Learning Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) known as Long-Short-Term-Memory (LSTM) Network.
  • With Grid Search you set up a grid of hyperparameter values and for each combination, train a model and score on the validation data.
  • I passed the combined hyperparameters to the GridsearchCV object for each classifier and 10 folds for the cross validation which means that for every parameter combination, the grid ran 10 different iterations with a different test set every time (this took a while…).
  • And if we want a neural network to understand our tweets, we need one that can learn from what it reads and build on it.

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Political Data Science: A tale of tweets

  • The current political situation in Scotland after the Brexit vote, and most recently, Boris Johnson’s win in the winter General Election of 2019, is very heated.
  • I then performed a systematic comparison with a Deep Learning Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) known as Long-Short-Term-Memory (LSTM) Network.
  • With Grid Search you set up a grid of hyperparameter values and for each combination, train a model and score on the validation data.
  • I passed the combined hyperparameters to the GridsearchCV object for each classifier and 10 folds for the cross validation which means that for every parameter combination, the grid ran 10 different iterations with a different test set every time (this took a while…).
  • And if we want a neural network to understand our tweets, we need one that can learn from what it reads and build on it.

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Political Data Science: A tale of tweets

  • The current political situation in Scotland after the Brexit vote, and most recently, Boris Johnson’s win in the winter General Election of 2019, is very heated.
  • I then performed a systematic comparison with a Deep Learning Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) known as Long-Short-Term-Memory (LSTM) Network.
  • With Grid Search you set up a grid of hyperparameter values and for each combination, train a model and score on the validation data.
  • I passed the combined hyperparameters to the GridsearchCV object for each classifier and 10 folds for the cross validation which means that for every parameter combination, the grid ran 10 different iterations with a different test set every time (this took a while…).
  • And if we want a neural network to understand our tweets, we need one that can learn from what it reads and build on it.

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5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday

  • U.S. stock futures were higher Tuesday, but indicating only a partial rebound from Monday's more than 450-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  • Three Dow components reported earnings before the bell: 3M and Pfizer issued mixed quarters, while United Technologies beat on quarterly profit and revenue.
  • Apple, also a Dow component, reports fiscal first-quarter 2020 earnings after the bell Tuesday.
  • Analysts are expecting the tech giant to deliver earnings of $4.55 per share, compared with $4.18 in the year-ago period.
  • Apple's stock increase in recent weeks has led to a number of analysts revising their price targets higher.
  • However, there are still only five confirmed cases in the U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers are set to finish their opening statements Tuesday, after laying out a multi-pronged defense in Day 2 at his Senate impeachment trial on Monday.

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