The Brief

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Blame Game

President Donald Trump is hoping to drive his priorities forward following the crumbling of the Republican health care bill but GOP finger-pointing is rampant, underscoring how tough it will be to produce the unity the party will need

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Jared Kushner Will Testify on Russia Ties

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Kushner met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December

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Researchers Turn Spinach Leaf into Beating Heart Tissue

The researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts knew it was difficult to reproduce veins, so they decided to use the system already in place on a spinach leaf by replacing spinach cells with human heart cells

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North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Costs $3.76 Billion

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an AP analysis

Devin Nunes, a Republican from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, walks through Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, March 24, 2017.

Nunes Had White House Meeting Before Going Public

House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes met on the White House grounds with the source of the claim that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance, the congressman's spokesman said

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Russian Protest Leader Gets 15-Day Jail Term

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who organized a wave of nationwide protests against government corruption that rattled authorities, was jailed for 15 days by a Moscow court for resisting police orders

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau attends a joint press conference with the German Chancellor on Feb. 17, 2017 in Berlin.

Canada Will Legalize Weed Next Year

Canadians should be able to smoke marijuana legally by July 1, 2018. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana the week of April 10th and it should become law by July next year

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Oklahoma Police Officer Died After Traffic-Stop Shootout

A 22-year-old police officer died after a shootout with a man who fled a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police said. Officer Justin Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight. The suspect was also shot and is still in intensive care

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Antitrust Regulators Clear $130B Dow, DuPont merger

Dow Chemical and DuPont gained conditional EU antitrust approval for their $130 billion merger by agreeing to significant asset sales, one of a trio of mega mergers that will redraw the agrochemicals industry

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Manhunt After Deadly Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting

Cincinnati police are looking for suspects in a nightclub shooting that sent patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets in what they described as a chaotic and terrifying scene. The shooting left one man dead and 15 other people injured

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Civilian Deaths in War on ISIS Reach All-Time High

The civilian death toll from U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is at an all time high, according to monitoring groups. The spike is raising questions about whether the Trump administration has loosened the rules of engagement governing U.S. forces