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Father of U.S. Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump

William Owens said he refused to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump back on Feb. 1 when his son’s body was returned from a mission gone awry in Yemen — the first such special mission of Trump’s presidency.

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In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Back in his celebrity, New-York-City-developer heyday, Donald Trump could fake himself in late-night calls and get favourable stories planted in that city’s tabloid papers. Nowadays? He’s shrieking about leakers.

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‘Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin’

Here’s a long read about one of the most-talked-about dictators of our time, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. The subhead: “Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?”

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The mystery of Sean Spicer’s birthplace

Note the following correction from an NYT story. What is White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hiding? Well, it’s time. We need the longform birth certificate. https://t.co/dQ42RAQGg8 pic.twitter.com/EfZXSts4he — Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 26, 2017

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Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

The president setting out to tame the White House press corps and undermine the First Amendment is doing the right thing and staying away from the April 29 White House Correspondents’ dinner.

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Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

Everyone knows how much U.S. President Donald Trump loves to use Twitter to beak at the mainstream news media, but some of his campaign staffers found a way to calm him.

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‘How Mark Zuckerberg could really fix journalism’

Journalism academic Emily Bell peruses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent manifesto and offers some thoughts on what his company could do to really fix journalism.

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‘This Century Is Broken’

Columnist David Brooks says the 21st century’s lack of economic growth means we are looking at a much nastier world in the coming decades, compared to what we had in the latter 20th century.

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‘Why facts don’t change our minds’

The subhead: “New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.”

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‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

The lede: “The press will destroy Trump and Trump will destroy the press.”

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