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Treason! Arrest him! The Democratic lawmaker who enrages Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For nearly three years, President Donald Trump has dismissed the investigations that shadowed almost every day of his presidency as hoaxes and witch-hunts, and the people leading them as crooks and liars. But, so far, none of his targets has produced a public display of wrath to equal what the president directed at his latest antagonist, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic lawmaker who has become the public face of a rapidly escalating impeachment inquiry that is the latest and perhaps most serious threat to Trump’s presidency. Trump, who has branded the impeachment probe as a “hoax,” has attacked Schiff as a “lowlife” and…

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Trump publicly asks China to investigate Biden, even amid impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday again invited foreign interference in a U.S. presidential election by publicly calling on China to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden, the kind of request that has already triggered an impeachment inquiry in Congress. The Republican president said he believed both China and Ukraine should look into 2020 presidential hopeful Biden and his businessman son Hunter, and described the impeachment probe as “crap.” “And by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens. Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Trump told reporters at the White House. Trump…

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Ecuador declares state of emergency as fuel protests block roads

QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno declared a state of emergency on Thursday as protests broke out nationwide over the end of decades-old fuel subsidies as part of a $2 billion government fiscal reform package. Demonstrators clash with riot police during protests after Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno's government ended four-decade-old fuel subsidies, in Quito, Ecuador October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Castaneira “Down with the package!” protesters shouted, referring to measures enacted this week as Moreno sets the Andean oil producer on a centrist path after years of leftist rule. With the fuel measure taking effect on Thursday, taxi, bus and truck drivers blocked streets in the highland…

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In growing Ukraine turmoil, Joe Biden’s son is thrust into limelight he never sought

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican President Donald Trump appears to have narrowed in on his preferred foe for the 2020 election: Hunter Biden, the son of leading Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden. FILE PHOTO: Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden attend an NCAA basketball game between Georgetown University and Duke University in Washington, U.S., January 30, 2010. Picture taken January 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoA frequent but silent presence in his father’s decades-old political career, Hunter Biden, 49, has never sought the limelight as he struggled in private with drug and alcohol addiction. The lawyer and lobbyist has now seen his profile skyrocket as…

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U.S., allies urge Facebook not to encrypt messages as they fight child abuse, terrorism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and allies are seizing on Facebook Inc’s plan to apply end-to-end encryption across its messaging services to press for major changes to a practice long opposed by law enforcement, saying it hinders the fight against child abuse and terrorism. Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc's F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamThe United States, the United Kingdom and Australia plan to sign a special data agreement on Thursday that would fast track requests from law enforcement to technology companies for information about the communications of terrorists and child predators, according to documents…

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Fighting GM puts a financial squeeze on striking union workers

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - (Reuters) - While striking workers at General Motors Co’s U.S. auto plants continue walking picket lines for a third week to demand better pay and benefits, the financial pressure has mounted for union members like Frank Lee. Frank Lee, a striking UAW auto worker from the General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green, speaks with a bill collector from his home in Auburn, Kentucky, U.S., October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan WoolstonAnalysts estimate that GM could lose $1 billion from the labor dispute that began on Sept. 16 and is now the longest nationwide strike at the automaker since 1970. For GM, which had $24…

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Behind the GM strike: Declining productivity at U.S. operations: Reuters analysis

(Reuters) - General Motors Co’s U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows. FILE PHOTO: General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra announces a major investment focused on the development of GM future technologies at the GM Orion Assembly Plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, U.S. March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoThose trends point to some of the root causes of the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike that has shut down the automaker’s U.S. manufacturing plants for 18 days, already costing the company about $100 million a day. The No. 1…

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Even Trump Can’t Turn Down a Nickelback Joke (but Twitter Did)

In a tweet on Wednesday, President Trump addressed his social media followers with four words, all caps: “LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH!”Under that was a video showing Chad Kroeger, the lead singer of the Canadian postgrunge rock band Nickelback, holding a framed picture of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., his son Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian businessman.The video, which Twitter had removed by Thursday morning, is from the music video for “Photograph,” a 2005 Nickelback single. In the song’s original video, Mr. Kroeger holds up an old picture of himself and a friend as he sings: “Look at this photograph/Every time I do it makes me…

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Chasing Chinese consumers, Tiffany CEO sends top bling abroad

BOSTON (Reuters) - Tiffany & Co is sending more of its priciest jewelry to mainland China to reach consumers kept at home by a weak currency, Chief Executive Alessandro Bogliolo said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: A Tiffany & Co store is seen on 5th Ave in New York, New York, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo“We follow our customers where they shop,” Bogliolo said in an interview. A lower domestic sales tax has also contributed to double-digit decreases in sales to Chinese tourists in the United States and in other destinations, he said, reflecting an effort by China’s government to “repatriate consumption” by its citizens. Bogliolo…

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Harvey Weinstein loses bid to have rape trial moved out of New York City

Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves after a hearing in New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jefferson SiegelNEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Thursday lost his bid to get his upcoming rape trial moved out of New York City, where he has said intense media scrutiny would make it impossible for him to get a fair jury. Once among Hollywood’s most powerful producers, Weinstein 67, is scheduled to stand trial in Manhattan in January. He is accused of assaulting two women in 2006 and 2013. To bolster their case, prosecutors will call a third woman…

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