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Trump at one year: From ‘hopeful’ to ‘disgusted’

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter. WASHINGTON — It’s almost fitting that, on the final day of President Trump’s first year in office, Washington is facing the real possibility of a partial government shutdown — especially given all of the stunning news events and chaos since Jan. 20, 2017. The “American Carnage” inaugural address. “Alternative facts.” The Comey firing. The Mueller probe. Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation. The legislative defeat on health care.…

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Poll: More than half of Americans strongly disapprove of Trump

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ends his first year in office with 39 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — the lowest mark in the poll’s history for any modern president ending his first year. Fifty-seven percent disapprove of Trump’s job, including a majority of respondents — 51 percent — who now say they strongly disapprove, which is a record high for Trump in the survey. That’s compared with 26 percent of Americans who strongly approve of the…

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The real reason Trump went to Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON — The official White House line is that President Donald Trump visited a factory in western Pennsylvania on Thursday to highlight how his signature tax cut is boosting the economy. And the president himself said he went to “give my total support” to the Republican candidate for a March 13 special election. But make no mistake, Trump was there to get an early jump on 2020. And he tested out themes that will no doubt become more familiar as the next presidential election draws nearer. He told workers at…

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Was Michigan meteor really a UFO or MISSILE? Shock claims over explosion

On Tuesday a bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the US Midwest and Canada which caused a powerful explosion rattling homes and astonishing onlookers. The official explanation from experts such as NASA was that a meteor had entered Earth’s atmosphere and burnt up upon arrival. However, have sensationally claimed there is something more sinister going on. Paranormal YouTube channel SecureTeam10 posted a video on its page titled “What really just happened over Michigan?” The narrator of the video says he has been inundated with pictures of…

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President Trump Heads to Pennsylvania Ahead of 2018's First Congressional Race

President Donald Trump is tiptoeing around the first congressional election of the new year as he heads to southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday to hail the Republican tax cuts he signed last year. Trump will appear with the Republican nominee for a Pittsburgh-area House seat. But the White House said Trump won’t mention Rick Saccone in his remarks. And the event isn’t actually in the 18th Congressional District, which holds the special election March 13. Democrats, meanwhile, aren’t necessarily any more confident in the chances that lawyer and former Marine Conor…

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Winter storm kills at least eight as it paralyzes the South

At least eight people have been killed by icy weather paralyzing the South, which crippled transportation and left tens of thousands of customers without power, authorities and meteorologists said Wednesday. Almost 1,700 arrivals and departures were canceled or delayed by late Wednesday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which recorded 2.3 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Hundreds of other delays and cancellations were reported at airports in New Orleans, Houston, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina. The governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina all…

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'I Feel Horrible.' Former University of Alabama Student Apologies After Using Racial Slur in Video

She was also kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority More A former student at the University of Alabama has apologized after posting videos to social media in which she used the N-word repeatedly. Harley Barber, who identified herself as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority on Instagram, said Wednesday in an interview with the New York Post that she was expelled from the school following the incident. While university officials did not confirm whether Barber was expelled, a spokesperson told the Associated Press that she is no longer…

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Counting time, not calories can lead to weight loss

You are when you eat. A growing number of researchers say limiting the hours during the day when you eat, focusing more on the timing of meals instead of calories, can help dieters burn more fat, improve their health and lose weight. Lorna Shelton, 58, was not very lively this time last year. The Centralia, Washington native weighed nearly 250 pounds and had trouble walking. “I had to have both knees replaced, I was walking with a cane,” said Shelton. A traditional approach to losing weight, including substituting fast food…

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Trump to play defense in Pennsylvania ahead of special election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is making his first foray into 2018 elections Thursday with a visit to a Western Pennsylvania congressional district on behalf of the Republican vying to replace former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned in scandal last October. Though Trump’s event is not officially a political one, it’s an early sign of the stepped-up political involvement the White House has promised GOP officials ahead of November’s midterm elections, where Democrats hope an anti-Trump wave will put them in power on Capitol Hill. Republicans, meanwhile, are taking…

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Deep South, deep freeze: Ice and snow turn travel treacherous

Ice and snow turned travel treacherous across the South, shutting down interstates in Louisiana, causing highway crashes in Kentucky and closing airport runways in Texas as snow turned the red clay white and prompted schools to close across the region. Snow began falling during the pre-dawn hours Tuesday in Louisiana, where freeways were closed in and around Baton Rouge as the winter weather system took aim at other states, forecasters said. With the weather system moving east and plunging temperatures expected right behind it, winter storm warnings were issued for…

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