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National Trade Council adviser Peter Navarro, right, and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, center, await President Donald Trump's signing three executive orders, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Trump Axes TPP

President Trump took his first steps toward implementing his economic agenda, signing an executive action removing the U.S. from the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and meeting with some of the country's top business leaders

White House spokesman Sean Spicer holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Spicer Doubles Down on False Inauguration Claim

Sean Spicer stood by his false claim that President Donald Trump's inauguration was the most-watched ceremony ever during his first official press briefing. Both Trump's inauguration crowd and TV ratings were smaller than Barack Obama's in 2009

A rescue worker enters a hole in the back of a mobile home Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Big Pine Estates that was damaged by a tornado, in Albany, Ga. Fire and rescue crews were searching through the debris, looking for people who might have become trapped when the deadly storm came through. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

20 Dead after Severe Storms in the Deep South

An unusual midwinter barrage of tornadoes and thunderstorms over the weekend was blamed for at least 20 deaths across the Deep South. The National Weather Service said 39 possible tornadoes were reported over the weekend

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 15: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Thursday's 12/15/16 show in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)

Stephen Colbert Will Host the 2017 Emmys

Stephen Colbert has been tapped to host the Emmys this year. The Late Show host will host the 69th annual primetime ceremony in the fall — assuring that the ceremony won't lack for jokes about Donald Trump

South Korea Samsung Note 7

Samsung Reveals What Caused the Galaxy Note 7 Fires

Samsung Electronics said that problems with the design and manufacturing of batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones caused them to overheat and burst into fire. The announcement comes three months after the flagship phone was discontinued

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building, January 12, 2017.

Senate Debates Confirmation for Trump's CIA Chief Nominee

The Senate debated whether to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA, as Democrats raised questions about whether he is transparent in his beliefs about Russia's meddling in the U.S. election and how he feels about torture.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee hearing on "Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2016.

Trump Names Net Neutrality Critic Ajit Pai to Lead FCC

President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections. Pai had been one of the two Republican commissioners on the panel

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Rex Tillerson is seen during his confirmation hearing for United States Secretary of State at the Driksen Senate Office Building on Wednesday January 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Rex Tillerson Nears Confirmation as Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson's bid to be secretary of state narrowly won approval from the Republican-led Foreign Relations Committee, a move that all but assures Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's choice to be the nation's top diplomat

Participants of Syria peace talks attends meeting in Astana

What to Know About the Latest Syria Talks

Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war


Gambia's Exiled Leader 'Plundered' Coffers Before Ceding Power

A special adviser for the country's new president said that exiled former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power. Following a dramatic refusal to concede power, Jammeh went into exile under mounting international pressure