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Iraq Starts Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and FALIH HASSAN February 19, 2017 ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq opened the next chapter in its offensive to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul on Sunday, preparing an assault on the western half of the city. Overnight, planes carpeted the ground with leaflets, directly appealing to the group’s fighters to ...

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Five Key Moments From Snap’s I.P.O. Roadshow Video

SAN FRANCISCO — Snap, the parent company of the ephemeral-message application Snapchat, on Friday revealed its own story: the video presentation it will use to pitch investors as it prepares to go public in a few weeks. The more than 35-minute video walks viewers through Snap’s history, audience, products, revenue ...

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Andrew Puzder Withdraws From Consideration as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON — The fast-food executive Andrew F. Puzder withdrew his nomination to be labor secretary on Wednesday as Republican senators turned sharply against him, the latest defeat for a White House besieged by infighting and struggling for traction even with a Republican-controlled Congress. The toppling of one of President Trump’s ...

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Asian Tech Titans Take a Page From Trump’s Book

By PAUL MOZUR February 12, 2017 HONG KONG — In his book on deal making, President Trump offered a key piece of advice on getting what you want: Promise big. “I play to people’s fantasies,” he said in 1987’s “The Art of the Deal.” “People want to believe that something is the ...

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These Boots Keep Astronauts From Tripping Over Their Own Feet

Moon mission astronauts spent a lot of time on their butts. Those moon walks may have looked bouncy and peaceful, but cumbersome space suits had Apollo astronauts tripping and falling all over the place. And while it might seem silly—especially the aftermath, which looks like a kid trying to stand ...

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Gun Violence Researchers Race to Protect Data From Trump

Around 11 am Pacific on January 20th, while newly-inaugurated President Trump finished a celebratory lunch in the Capitol Rotunda, Magdalena Cerdá noticed something different about the White House’s website: All of its references to climate change had disappeared. Cerdá is an epidemiologist at UC Davis’ Violence Prevention Research Program, which focuses ...

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Counting the Winners and Losers From an Import-Based Tax

The idea of a broad tax on importers is suddenly at the center of the Washington policy debate, with the inevitable counting of potential winners and losers. It could hit retailers the hardest if it takes full effect, with their heavy reliance on products as varied as microwave ovens from ...

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