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22m NTSB: Pilot error to blame for Pence plane incident
Errors by the cockpit crew caused a plane carrying then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence to skid off a New York runway last fall, the National Transportation Safety Board has concluded.
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Uber London loses licence to operate30m Updated Uber London loses licence to operate
Ride-hailing app Uber is "not fit and proper" to operate in London, the transport regulator says.
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Brexit: Theresa May sets out UK offer to break deadlock51m Updated Brexit: Theresa May sets out UK offer to break deadlock
The UK prime minister hopes her Florence speech can help break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations.
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North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump1h 41m Updated North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump
Kim Jong-un turns the standoff with Washington into a personal duel, while warning of more dangerous weapons tests.
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1h 51m Iran unveils new long-range ballistic missile
Iran unveiled a new ballistic missile on Friday, as the country's president stepped up the pressure on the US by defending its right to strengthen military defenses.
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2h Updated Grassley asks FBI if it warned Trump about Manafort
Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the FBI if it warned Donald Trump that Paul Manafort, whom he brought in as campaign chairman in 2016, was being watched by the agency because of his dealings with pro-Kremlin figures.
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New top cops not rising through ranks2h New top cops not rising through ranks
The Direct Entry scheme allows civilians with talent and outside experience to join forces in senior roles.
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2h Updated Hunting is down in the US. The Trump administration wants to change that
Toy gun grasped firmly in his hand and a grin plastered wide across his face while he played "Big Buck Hunter Pro," Ryan Zinke could have been a kid at an arcade. But the Interior secretary and former congressman was actually in the department cafeteria showing off a the arcade game installed to commemorate hunting season.
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2h Trump goes to Alabama to save Luther Strange -- and spare GOP from Roy Moore
President Donald Trump is set to step into a Senate race in Alabama that will test whether his word is enough to sway Republican voters in a hard-fought Bible Belt contest.
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2h Updated 4 charts that explain what Graham-Cassidy will do
Senate Republicans continue to push forward on a plan to hold a vote sometime next week on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill, which is sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, still lacks the 50 votes it needs -- although Graham this week expressed confidence that they would get there.
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Trump Dismisses ‘Russia Hoax’ as Facebook Turns Over Ads Tied to Campaign3h Updated Trump Dismisses ‘Russia Hoax’ as Facebook Turns Over Ads Tied to Campaign
The president asserts that the “Fake News Media” had the most sway in the 2016 election, and he again denies any Russian role in the campaign.
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Rouhani Lashes Back at Trump, as Iran Unveils New Missile3h Rouhani Lashes Back at Trump, as Iran Unveils New Missile
The Iranian president vowed at a military parade to “strengthen our missile capabilities,” a point the American president has cited as a reason to scrap the nuclear deal.
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Uber loses its licence to operate in London3h Updated Uber loses its licence to operate in London
Ride-hailing app Uber "not fit and proper" to operate in London, transport regulator says.
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4h North Korea could test hydrogen bomb over Pacific Ocean, says foreign minister
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says President Donald Trump's remarks to the United Nations threatening the hermit country reflect "mentally deranged behavior," according to a statement released by North Korea's news agency, KCNA.
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Brexit: PM bids to break deadlock with two-year deal offer4h Updated Brexit: PM bids to break deadlock with two-year deal offer
PM expected to offer two-year transition period with continued EU payments in major Brexit speech.
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Uber loses its license to operate in London4h Uber loses its license to operate in London
Ride-hailing app Uber "not fit and proper" to operate in London, transport regulator says.
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4h A look back at the original Alaska Purchase
As the deadline to pass their health care plan looms, Capitol Hill Republicans are looking anxiously to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The Alaska senator was one of three in her party to vote against legislation to dismantle Obamacare during the GOP's last attempts, and could again decide the fate of her party's latest repeal-and-replace effort.
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Parliament advertises for new Black Rod5h Parliament advertises for new Black Rod
Black Rod is best known for a ceremonial role in the State Opening of Parliament.
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Uber loses licence to operate in London5h Uber loses licence to operate in London
Transport for London says it will not renew Uber's private hire licence after finding it is "not fit and proper" to hold one.
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6h Updated Trump turns to sanctions, diplomacy on North Korea after threatening destruction
President Donald Trump said Thursday he will announce new sanctions on North Korea in a latest attempt by the United States to punish the country for its nuclear weapons program.
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Right and Left React to the Graham-Cassidy Bill8h Right and Left React to the Graham-Cassidy Bill
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the Republican health care bill proposed by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.
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Banks to carry out immigration checks on customers8h Updated Banks to carry out immigration checks on customers
Financial institutions will be required from January to look for accounts of illegal migrants.
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PM to back multi-year Brexit transition9h PM to back multi-year Brexit transition
Theresa May flies in to Florence with key Cabinet ministers today in an attempt to unlock stalled talks on the UK's post-Brexit future, calling for "creativity" in what is "inevitably, a difficult process".
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Trump, Though Not on Stage, Looms Large in Alabama G.O.P. Senate Debate12h Updated Trump, Though Not on Stage, Looms Large in Alabama G.O.P. Senate Debate
The sitting senator, Luther Strange, took every opportunity to mention the president’s endorsement, and the candidate he trails, Roy Moore, needled him for it.
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13h Ex-CIA operative apologizes for tweet of anti-Semitic article
Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is apologizing after tweeting an anti-Semitic article titled "America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars" on Thursday.
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Megyn Kelly Is Ready for Her Morning Closeup13h Megyn Kelly Is Ready for Her Morning Closeup
The former Fox News host says her daily NBC morning show, which starts Monday, is one she was “born to do.” Others aren’t so sure.
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Trump Poised to Drop Some Limits on Drone Strikes and Commando Raids13h Updated Trump Poised to Drop Some Limits on Drone Strikes and Commando Raids
The president’s national security advisers have advised relaxing certain Obama-era rules outside war zones, laying the groundwork for counterterrorism missions in more countries.
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14h Updated Melania Trump is the most popular Trump
Few first ladies have been as low-profile as Melania Trump in her husband's first eight months in the White House.
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14h Updated EPA pulls agents from criminal investigations to guard Pruitt
Scott Pruitt, the top federal official responsible for protecting the environment, is surrounded 24/7 by a cadre of agents because of the high number of threats against him.
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The almost impossible line May must tread15h The almost impossible line May must tread
There's something slightly absurd about today's speech.
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Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort Is Most Far-Reaching15h Updated Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort Is Most Far-Reaching
The Graham-Cassidy bill would turn federal funding for a law Republicans loathe into block grants to states, realizing a long-held goal of the party.
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15h Russia, China use UN stage to push back on a US-led world order
Russia and China challenged the United States' global leadership in United Nations speeches peppered with bare-knuckled criticism of the Trump administration's hostility toward Iran, its "military hysteria" over North Korea, and its approach to the rest of the world.
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16h As he wraps UN debut Trump, shows his hand on North Korea, Iran
Aside from his "Rocket Man" rhetoric, President Donald Trump's United Nations debut revealed a new road map outlining his plans to deal with one boiling nuclear crisis, with North Korea, and another one that may reignite, with Iran.
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16h The fake Tea Party Twitter account linked to Russia and followed by Sebastian Gorka
@tpartynews looked as American as could be. A Twitter account, its profile photo on the site was a "Tea Party" teapot in the colors of the American flag. Its cover photo was an image of the U.S. Constitution.
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18h Russia and US-led coalition meet in Syria amid tensions and threats
Days after a Russian warplane dropped bombs near US troops in Syria, generals from the Russian armed forces and US-led military coalition fighting ISIS held a rare "face-to-face meeting" at an undisclosed location in the region, a spokesman for the US-led coalition said Thursday.
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Fact Check: Jimmy Kimmel Accused a Senator of Lying About His Health Care Bill. Who’s Right?18h Fact Check: Jimmy Kimmel Accused a Senator of Lying About His Health Care Bill. Who’s Right?
Mr. Kimmel has emerged as a vocal critic of a bill co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy. A review of statements Mr. Kimmel made Wednesday suggests he has a strong grasp of the measure.
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18h Updated Trudeau issues rallying cry for climate fight and takes a dig at the US
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered a rallying cry Thursday for the fight against climate change and an implicit rebuke to President Donald Trump, who has announced his intention to pull the US from the Paris agreement to slow global warming.
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Skadden, Big New York Law Firm, Faces Questions on Work With Manafort19h Skadden, Big New York Law Firm, Faces Questions on Work With Manafort
The Justice Department wants information about Skadden’s work on behalf of a Russia-aligned former president of Ukraine.
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Public Health: The G.O.P. Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard.19h Updated Public Health: The G.O.P. Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard.
Every state would need to make political choices and build brand-new systems in only two years. Remember what happened with HealthCare.gov?
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Jimmy Kimmel Wasn’t the First Host to Get Serious About Politics19h Jimmy Kimmel Wasn’t the First Host to Get Serious About Politics
When Jimmy Kimmel talked seriously about health care, it was an uncommon moment for him, but other late-night hosts have substituted politics for punch lines.
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Government to pay £1.1m for Sir Edward Heath inquiry19h Government to pay £1.1m for Sir Edward Heath inquiry
The former prime minister, who died 12 years ago, has been the subject of a two-year inquiry.
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20h Updated Health care state of play: The sleeping giant of pre-existing conditions awakens
Republicans in the Senate have just nine days left before a crucial deadline to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Here are three key takeaways:
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20h Updated Trump sets new sanctions on North Korea
President Donald Trump said Thursday he will announce new sanctions on North Korea in a latest attempt by the United States to punish the country for its nuclear weapons program.
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20h DeVos travels on her own private plane, but pays for it
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses her own private plane for work trips and pays for it herself, her office said Thursday.
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20h Former NFL star training to be an FBI agent
As one of the best cornerbacks in the history of the Chicago Bears, former NFL star Charles "Peanut" Tillman, spent many years doing agility drills, tackling training and footwork practice. Now, the two-time Pro Bowl player is working on firearms training, interrogation skills and investigative techniques.
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20h Jeff Flake has absolute faith governors will keep pre-existing condition protections
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday that he doesn't believe that governors will weaken insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions -- though the Graham-Cassidy health care bill currently being pushed by Republicans in Congress allows governors to do just that.
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20h Updated Trump praises health care of Nambia, a nonexistent African country
President Donald Trump lavished praise on the health care system of Nambia during a speech at the United Nations. But there's one little problem -- there's no such country.
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Trump Likened to ‘a Dog Barking’ by North Korea’s Top Envoy21h Updated Trump Likened to ‘a Dog Barking’ by North Korea’s Top Envoy
Threatened by President Trump with destruction, North Korea likens the American leader to a yapping canine and worries for his aides.
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Law Firm Faces Questions for Ukraine Work With Manafort21h Law Firm Faces Questions for Ukraine Work With Manafort
The Justice Department wants information about Skadden’s work on behalf of a Russia-aligned former president of Ukraine.
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Sir Teddy Taylor, former MP and Eurosceptic, dies aged 8021h Updated Sir Teddy Taylor, former MP and Eurosceptic, dies aged 80
The Tory Eurosceptic began his political career in Glasgow and became MP for Southend East in 1979.
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21h New GOP bill could spawn 50 new health care debates
The catchphrase underpinning the latest last-ditch Republican push to overhaul Obamacare is "flexibility."
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21h US sends search-and-rescue team to Mexico, widening footprint in era of disasters
The US government has deployed a team of search-and-rescue specialists to Mexico City to assist with recovery efforts there, bringing the number of forward-positioned US disaster assistance teams to nearly unprecedented levels.
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21h Reporter tweets profane email apparently from Sheriff Clarke
Former Sheriff David Clarke, a vocal surrogate for President Donald Trump on the campaign trail, apparently sent a profane email on Wednesday to a reporter who sent him questions on a story.
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22h Updated President Trump today
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Sadiq Khan to address Labour conference, Corbyn confirms22h Sadiq Khan to address Labour conference, Corbyn confirms
Labour leader says the London mayor will speak in Brighton, after reports he would not get a slot.
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Pentagon Memo: Mattis Shows How to Split With Trump Without Provoking Him22h Updated Pentagon Memo: Mattis Shows How to Split With Trump Without Provoking Him
The secretary of defense has been deft at leveraging the president’s respect for him into room to maneuver on his policy goals.
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Common Sense: Tax Reform for the Rich: Reduce the Rates but Lose the Breaks22h Common Sense: Tax Reform for the Rich: Reduce the Rates but Lose the Breaks
Curbing special treatment for state and local taxes, mortgage interest and capital gains could pay for meaningful changes across the board.
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Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU23h Updated Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU
A guide to how the UK will leave the European Union after the 2016 referendum.
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23h #TBT: First Hispanic SCOTUS justice channels Nancy Drew
I've got a mystery for you: A current member of the Supreme Court wanted to be Nancy Drew growing up. Who was it? Here's a hint: She is also the first Hispanic justice.
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23h Trump says new sanctions coming on North Korea
President Donald Trump said Thursday he will announce new sanctions on North Korea in a latest attempt by the United States to punish the country for its nuclear weapons program.
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24h Melania Trump to tend the White House garden Friday
Melania Trump will, weather permitting, have her first event at the White House Kitchen Garden on Friday, eight months into her role as first lady.
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What to expect24h What to expect
Labour is meeting in Brighton for its first conference since its surprise general election result.
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Age of May, Corbyn, Cable, Churchill, Merkel and Putin24h Age of May, Corbyn, Cable, Churchill, Merkel and Putin
The average age of the three biggest UK-wide party leaders now 67.
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25h Updated Report: Manafort offered to brief Russian billionaire on election
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered to brief a Russian billionaire on the election two weeks before Trump accepted the nomination, people familiar with the discussions told The Washington Post.
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26h Updated Special counsel asks WH for documents pertaining to Trump presidency
Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested documents and information covering a range of events from President Donald Trump's White House, including two firings and an Oval Office meeting, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
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Sir Teddy Taylor, former Southend-on-Sea MP, dies aged 8027h Sir Teddy Taylor, former Southend-on-Sea MP, dies aged 80
The arch Eurosceptic became the Conservative MP for Southend East in 1979.
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27h Updated The one major reason Graham-Cassidy could pass
When it comes to the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, there is one thing Republicans agree on right now: It's their last shot to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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Arch eurosceptic and former MP Teddy Taylor dies27h Arch eurosceptic and former MP Teddy Taylor dies
The former Conservative MP Sir Teddy Taylor, one of the most outspoken and relentless critics of European integration, has died at 80.
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Deals With Democrats: Why Trump’s Softening on Immigration Is Unlikely to Splinter His Base28h Deals With Democrats: Why Trump’s Softening on Immigration Is Unlikely to Splinter His Base
Many Republican voters support DACA, especially G.O.P. elites, and he could always change his mind. He’s done it before.
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28h Paul Ryan leads group of lawmakers touring hurricane aid efforts in Houston
House Speaker Paul Ryan and a bipartisan group of lawmakers will visit Houston on Thursday for an update on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, one of several regions in the United States and surrounding territories that have been devastated by a series of high power storms.
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Nationalisation28h Nationalisation
Jeremy Corbyn may have put the nationalisation debate back on the table, but what might it mean in practice?
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Bespoke or off-the-peg29h Bespoke or off-the-peg
There's more and more talk about a Brexit transition period - but no agreement what it might look like.
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PM chairs Cabinet meeting ahead of Brexit speech30h PM chairs Cabinet meeting ahead of Brexit speech
Theresa May is chairing a Cabinet meeting to restore unity in her Government ahead of a crucial Brexit speech on Friday in Florence.
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30h Updated This map shows why passing Graham-Cassidy could be a huge political problem for Republicans
Senate Republicans continue to sound optimistic about their chances of passing their last, last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare before their window to do so closes at the end of the month. (I'm more skeptical.)
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Samim Bigzad: Asylum seeker criticises home secretary30h Samim Bigzad: Asylum seeker criticises home secretary
Amber Rudd is criticised by an asylum seeker flown to Afghanistan against a High Court order.
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Dangerous cycling law review after death crash31h Updated Dangerous cycling law review after death crash
Dangerous driving laws could be extended to cycling following crashes that have killed pedestrians.
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31h Updated Obama slams Senate GOP health care proposal
Former President Barack Obama will deliver a rare set of public remarks Wednesday, the beginning of a series of upcoming events after eight months of departing office.
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32h In the Studio: Hervé Pierre: From the White House to His House
The first lady’s stylist and designer invites us inside his apartment and work space.
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