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Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg giving Johns Hopkins $1.8 billion for financial aid

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Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is giving $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University for student financial aid at his alma mater, Bloomberg said in an opinion piece published on Sunday in The New York Times.

Bloomberg, the founder and chief executive of global media company Bloomberg LP, said the money will used for aid for qualified low and middle-income students and will make the Baltimore, Maryland university’s admissions permanently “need-blind.”

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“I want to be sure that the school that gave me a chance will be able to permanently open that same door of opportunity for others,” he wrote in the Times.

Bloomberg rejoined the Democratic Party last month ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections, amid speculation he might run for the White House in 2020.

Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Chris Reese

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John Oliver does epic send-off for Fox News host Shep Smith: ‘You were always too weird for where you worked’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver issued a hilarious send-off to Fox News' Shep Smith, who abruptly left the network after his show Friday.

Oliver compiled a super-cut of the former host specifically focusing on the ways that Smith brought a little bit of weirdness to the Fox News network.

During the solar eclipse this year, Smith cheered on "the total eclipse of the sun," a take-off of the popular karaoke tune, "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Smith noted that if he put his cell phone in the way and took a picture with another camera, he'd have a "total eclipse of his phone."

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The president’s ‘America First’ policy has been replaced by a ‘Trump First’ strategy: columnist

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Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl outlined in a Sunday column that President Donald Trump may have promised his supporters an "America First" presidency, but it's quickly become a "Trump First" policy instead.

In the column, Diehl explained it took Trump about one month to completely destroy his 2016 campaign promise.

"Thanks mostly to the president's increasingly unhinged behavior," he began, "Trump's corruption in Ukraine" and his disaster in Syria has blocked a more significant story of Trump's change on his "America First" policy.

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Economic indicators aren’t looking good as Trump heads into reelection: report

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There's a gloomy outlook on the global economy, according to the economic indicators outlined by the International Monetary Fund and the Institute of International Finance.

Axios reported Sunday that they lowered the growth forecast for 2019 as a result of "a synchronized slowdown."

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