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Trump Attends D.C. Dinner Aimed At Meeting With Foreign Diplomats
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Hundreds of activists and allies from the newly-formed anti-Trump group Rise & Resist staged a peaceful protest at Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City, to fight against the radical changes to the American healthcare system proposed by the Trump Administration and Republicans, on Jan. 15, 2017.

Obamacare Is More Popular Than Ever, Poll Finds

More Americans hold positive views about Obamacare than hold negative views for the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed, according to a new poll. The results found 49% of people polled favored the law—slightly more than the 47% who opposed it

PETA Calls for A Dog's Purpose Boycott

PETA has called for a boycott of the upcoming film A Dog's Purpose after on-set video footage obtained by TMZ showed a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water. "He wants to get away, just throw him in," a voice off-camera says in the video

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as Secretary of Energy, is sworn in during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Capitol Hill January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Perry Regrets Suggesting Abolishing Energy Department

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the Energy Department and insisted that the federal agency performs a critical function. He now says he will be a passionate advocate for the department's core missions

A man is cheered at a dance event organized by LGBTQ activist groups DisruptJ20 and WERK for Peace outside Vice President-Elect Mike Pence's temporary residence in Chevy Chase, Md., on Jan. 18, 2017. The protest targeted Pence's record on gay and transgender rights.

LGBT Activists Have Dance Party by Pence's Home

Protestors in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night didn't just march their way to Vice President-elect Mike Pence's house—they danced. Roughly 200 people rallied for the "Queer Dance Party at Mike Pence's House"

President Barack Obama waves as he leaves after his final press conference at the White House on Jan. 18, 2017 in Washington.

Obama's Final Thoughts: 'We're Going to Be O.K.'

President Obama ended his final press conference as he started his campaign for the White House nearly 10 years ago: optimistic and full of hope. "At my core, I think we’re going to be O.K.," he said

Switzerland Davos Forum

VP Biden Gives Farewell Warning

Vice President Joe Biden warned that the "liberal international world order" is at risk of collapse, using his final speech to global leaders to frame the stakes on the world stage as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office

Obama Clemency Assange

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Retreats From Extradition Pledge

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange retreated from his pledge to accept extradition to the U.S. if Chelsea Manning was granted clemency, arguing via his lawyers that what he was really asking for was an immediate pardon for the ex-Army analyst

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley

CIA Publishes 'Updated' Rules on Citizen Surveillance

The CIA has for the first time published in full its revised regulations for the collection, analysis and storage of information about U.S. citizens. The disclosure comes just two days before the Inauguration of Donald Trump and follows years of public concern over privacy

South Korea Politics

Samsung's Heir Escapes Arrest in Massive Bribery Scandal

A Seoul court on Thursday denied a request to arrest one of South Korea's most powerful men, the heir to the Samsung Electronics juggernaut, in a setback to prosecutors investigating an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled South Korea's president