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Obama Defends Manning Call

President Obama does not believe his decision to shorten the sentence of Chelsea Manning will signal his support for leaking state secrets. "Let’s be clear Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence," President Obama said

Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., takes his seat before the start of his confirmation hearing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

Price Faces Pointed Questions at Hearing

With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies — and his own investments in health care companies — from senators considering his selection as health secretary

Gambia Crisis

Military Commander Vows to 'Take Action' in Gambia

A military commander with West Africa's regional bloc says its forces will "take action" at midnight unless a solution is found to Gambia's political crisis before then. Seydou Maiga Mboro said "all the troops are already in place"

Sunset Alights Perfectly Between NYC Buildings During Manhattanhenge

2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever

For the third year in a row, the Earth saw a new record set for the warmest year. In a new report, the NOAA found 2016 had the highest globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record keeping began in 1880

Switzerland Davos Forum

VP Biden's 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

Former President George H. W. Bush at the NCAA Final Four tournament, April 2, 2016, in Houston.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Both Hospitalized

A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital to address a respiratory problem. Barbara Bush also was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing

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Lena Dunham Talks Feminism and Advocacy

Lena Dunham, Girls creator, spoke to TIME about her advocacy and the role of feminism in today's culture shortly before Donald Trump's inauguration. "I'm not interested in defining any other woman's feminism," she said

Trump Attends D.C. Dinner Aimed At Meeting With Foreign Diplomats

Inaugural Is Trump's Chance to Rise to the Moment

When Donald Trump stands on the west front of the Capitol on Friday and delivers his inaugural address, all sides will be waiting to see whether he comes bearing a unifying message for a divided nation or decides to play up his persona as a disrupter of the established order

Edward Snowden Speaks To The Guardian

Russia Just Gave Edward Snowden a Longer Asylum

Edward Snowden will be allowed to remain in Russia, where he has been living under asylum ever since disclosing classified information about the National Security Agency, for a “couple more years,” a Russian government official said

TimesTalks Presents Jerry Seinfeld & Colin Quinn

Jerry Seinfeld Is Heading to Netflix

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld's comedy web series, is set to move to Netflix from Sony's streaming service Crackle in late 2017. The unconventional talk show features Seinfeld and a guest comedian discussing minutia of everyday life in a vintage car

The British Prime Minister Delivers Her Brexit Speech

British Worry About Trump's Offer of a Trade Deal

Most politicians from the governing Conservative Party accept the need to do business with the next leader of the free world. But lawmakers across Parliament told TIME they feared the U.K. might be incapable of striking a fair trade deal with the Trump administration

Cops gone wild with the siren.

Man Allegedly Smuggled Young Girl From El Salvador for Sex

A 22-year-old Massachusetts man is accused of smuggling a young girl into the U.S. from El Salvador "to be his woman and have sex with her,” prosecutors and police said. Luis Santos was arrested late last week and charged with multiple crimes