July 28, 2017

President Trump announced Friday on Twitter that he was replacing his embattled Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a former general.

Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee, had only been chief of staff for six months but has been embroiled in a White House power struggle with incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Priebus apparently lost that struggle. Nico Lauricella

7:54 a.m.

China wants to hold more talks with the U.S. before signing the first phase of an agreement designed to end the 15-month trade war between the world's two largest economies, Bloomberg News reported Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. The talks could take place later this month.

One of the sources said Beijing wants the U.S. to cancel tariff hikes President Trump has scheduled for December, in addition to those that were planned for this week. The two sides reached an agreement in principle during last week's high-level talks to delay the next tariff hike, increase Chinese agricultural purchases, and address some concerns about foreign currency levels and intellectual property. Harold Maass

7:45 a.m.

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer won the Nobel Prize in economics "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday. The committee said the winners' research "involves dividing this issue into smaller, more manageable, questions — for example, the most effective interventions for improving educational outcomes or child health."

Kremer and his colleagues used field experiments in the 1990s to test interventions on improving school results in Kenya, The Associated Press explains. Banerjee and Duflo, who are married and work at MIT, followed with similar research in other countries, often working with Harvard's Kremer. "Our approach is to unpack the problems one by one, and examine them as scientifically as possible," said Duflo, the second woman and the youngest person to win the prize. Harold Maass

1:56 a.m.

When an Idaho farmer wasn't going to be able to harvest all of his potatoes ahead of an early hard freeze, his neighbors quickly rallied and rushed to save his crop.

Last week, meteorologists in southeast Idaho shared a forecast farmers weren't expecting: a cold snap on Wednesday, the earliest deep freeze in decades. They scrambled to harvest their potatoes before they were ruined, but one farmer in the town of Hamer wasn't going to be able to clear his field in time.

That's when people like Jason Larson and other community members jumped into action. Larson told CNN other farmers sent employees over to help the man, with 50 ultimately offering their assistance. Some had been up until midnight taking care of their own crops, but that didn't stop them from working from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., when the last potato was harvested.

Idaho produces 32 percent of American potatoes, and Larson estimates they saved hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of potatoes on the farm. "What people do is they help their neighbor," he told CNN. "There really wasn't a second thought about it." Catherine Garcia

1:23 a.m.

At least 40 people were killed in Typhoon Hagibis this weekend, one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent memory.

Hagibis made landfall Saturday on Honshu island and went out to sea on Sunday morning, bringing devastating rain to central and eastern Japan; meteorologists said that in several areas, about 40 percent of annual rainfall was recorded over the weekend, Japan's NHK reports. At least 16 people are missing and 189 injured, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said more than 110,000 people are participating in search and rescue efforts.

Houses are flooded, levees have collapsed, trains and bridges are damaged, and roads across the country are under mud. One woman in her 70s died when she fell from a helicopter after rescuers failed to secure her safety harness. More rain is expected on Monday, and authorities are asking people to stay away from rivers and keep their eyes open for landslides. Catherine Garcia

12:46 a.m.

During a three-day conference held by the pro-Trump group American Priority last week, a video was shown depicting a fake President Trump gunning down, stabbing, and assaulting members of the media and political rivals, The New York Times reports.

The conference was held at Trump National Doral Miami, and the footage was recorded by an attendee, who passed it along to the Times through an intermediary. In the video, Trump's head is superimposed on the body of a man who enters the "Church of Fake News," where the faces of parishioners are covered up by media outlet logos and the heads of political opponents like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The fake Trump shoots and stabs people in the head, lights them on fire, and knocks them down, the Times reports. Parts of the video appeared on YouTube last year, and the conference's organizer, Alex Phillips, told the Times the clip was played as part of an exhibit on memes. "Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity," he said. "American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review."

The conference was attended by Donald Trump Jr., former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Sanders told the Times she didn't know anything about the video, and a person close to Trump Jr. said he also didn't see it. President Trump routinely calls the media the enemy of the people and describes any news that is even remotely critical as being fake; in 2017, he tweeted a video of a wrestler body slamming the CNN logo. Catherine Garcia

October 13, 2019

After hearing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threaten for two years to launch an assault against the Kurds in Syria, President Trump and senior administration officials did not think he would ever go through with it, six people with knowledge of the matter told Axios' Jonathan Swan.

Their discussions started in 2017, with Erdogan telling Trump the Kurds, who control northeastern Syria, are a threat to Turkey and need to be away from the border. Whenever he would say this, Axios reports, Trump would let Erdogan know that if he did invade, he would have to be solely responsible for whatever happened. During one conversation, Trump conveyed that Erdogan shouldn't mess with U.S. troops in Syria, but intimated that they wouldn't be there much longer and would not stay around to help the Kurds, people with knowledge of the matter told Axios.

Usually, Erdogan would take a few steps back, but last Sunday, he told Trump the invasion was on. Trump soon announced that U.S. troops would be pulled back from the border, a move that sparked bipartisan outrage, with lawmakers blasting Trump for turning on the United States' Kurdish allies. Erdogan thought Trump would reel him in, Turkish sources told Swan, and now he is in over his head as he faces international condemnation. Read more at Axios. Catherine Garcia

October 13, 2019

With her two wins on Sunday, Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history.

Biles took home two gold medals — one for the balance beam and the other for her floor exercise — and now has 25 World Championship medals. Earlier in the competition, she won gold in the team competition, all-around and vault; she came in fifth on the uneven bars. The 22-year-old's Sunday wins put her ahead of Vitaly Scherbo, who earned the previous record of 23 world medals during the 1990s.

Biles' floor performance was so outstanding, with a triple-twisting double back, she earned a score of 15.133, one point higher than the second-place finisher, U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee. Catherine Garcia

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