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First special ops mission of Trump era goes wrong

The storied SEAL Team 6 carried out a raid in Yemen on Jan. 30 and by all accounts, it went badly. Among those killed were an eight-year-old American daughter of a jihadi.

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The end of the great oilsands boom?

Fort Hills is the latest oilsands megaproject projected to come on line in northeastern Alberta. At $15.1 billion, it might also be the last one for quite some time.

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Day 6: Continue to brand the news media as the opposition

U.S. President Donald Trump continued his administration’s war with the media, echoing the words of his chief strategist Steve Bannon in labelling the press as the opposition.

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What group did Donald Trump not specifically name in his Holocaust statement?

Read his brief statement and see:

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‘We’re not shutting up’

ProPublica is a non-profit U.S. group that does investigative reporting in the public public interest. The t-shirt is its rejoinder to Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who said the U.S. media should “keep its mouth shut.”

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Trump moves to temporarily ban refugees, migrants from Muslim-dominant countries

With an executive order, Donald Trump upset the immigration and refugee applecart in America. Applicants from seven named countries won’t be able to enter the United States for four months. From Syria, the ban is indefinite.

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Day 5: Blast the media again

Steve Bannon, a top strategist for U.S. President Donald Trump, went off on a tirade against the media in an interview.

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Doomsday Clock inches closer to midnight

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, keepers of the Doomsday Clock, moved the clock up to two minutes and 30 seconds before midnight to signify what they saw as downturns in global nuclear security.

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So long Mary Tyler Moore: Comedic whiz and feminist icon

I can’t remember if the Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first to spoof the eccentric hothouse atmosphere of a newsroom, but it remains one of the best. For columnist Margaret Sullivan, the show supplied more than yucks during its seven-year run; it provided a role model.

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The Keystone XL pipeline is approved by Trump, but will it be built?

One expert opines that even though Keystone XL got the go-ahead from U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, there’s only a 50 per cent it will actually be built.

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