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Obama pushes innovation, says US faces new ‘Sputnik moment’

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — President Barack Obama urged Monday a refocus on scientific research and teaching, as was triggered by the launch of the Soviet’s 1957 Sputnik satellite, saying it was key to future US prosperity,

Sputnik “was a wake-up call that caused the United States to boost our investment in innovation and education, particularly in math and science,” Obama said at a training center in the southeastern state of North Carolina.

“As a result, once we put our minds to it, once we got focused, once we got unified, not only did we surpass the Soviets, we developed new American technologies, industries and jobs,” the US leader said.

Over 50 years later, a new “Sputnik moment” has arrived, said Obama.

“This is our moment. If the recession has taught us anything, it’s that we cannot go back to an economy that’s driven by too much spending, too much borrowing, running up credit cards… We’ve got to rebuild on a new and stronger foundation for economic growth,” he said.

“We need to do what America has always been known for: building, innovating, educating, making things.”

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The best solution antidote to a ballooning deficit, Obama said, is a growing economy.

“Cutting the deficit by cutting investments in areas like education, areas like innovation, that’s like trying to reduce the weight of an overloaded aircraft by removing the engine,” he said triggering laughter in the audience.

Obama, faced with a stiff battle in Congress over tax breaks and the prospect of political deadlock after Republicans won big in the recent midterm elections, vowed to “continue to fight” for investment in those fields, which, he said, will help America “win the race for the jobs and industries of the future.”

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GOP’s Jim Jordan gets shut down after raging at Trump appointee who called for Kellyanne Conway’s firing

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Wednesday got absolutely shut down by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) after he interrupted the testimony of Henry Kerner, whom President Donald Trump appointed to lead the Office of Special Counsel.

During his opening statement ahead of Kerner's testimony, Jordan bitterly complained about the way conservatives are purportedly "censored" on social media and he said Kerner's recommendation that Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be removed from office for repeated Hatch Act violations was an effort to "silence" an effective surrogate for President Donald Trump.

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Trump lashes out at US women’s soccer player for refusing to visit the White House

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President Donald Trump lashed out at a U.S. women's national soccer team who has publicly criticized him.

Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe, who joined former NFL player Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest during the National Anthem, strongly denied that she would accept the president's invitation to visit the White House if her squad wins the Women’s World Cup now underway.

“I’m not going to the f*cking White House,” Rapinoe told Eight by Eight Magazine, saying she doubted Trump would risk inviting them. “We’re not gonna be invited. I doubt it.”

Trump has canceled visits by other championship teams, such as this year’s Philadelphia Eagles, after most of the players vowed to decline the invitation.

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Damning new details emerge on letter Trump drafted that explicitly linked Comey’s firing to Russia probe

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The latest report from journalist Murray Waas in the New York Review of Books offers damning new details about a letter that President Donald Trump drafted that explicitly linked the firing of former FBI Director James Comey to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Waas, who claims that he has personally examined the draft, reports that the original draft of Trump's letter justifying Comey's dismissal made it plain that he was displeased with the FBI for investigating whether the Trump campaign helped Russia interfere in the election.

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