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A justification for the change to one of the nation’s largest social insurance programs for low-income people is that it would make them healthier. There is not strong evidence for that contention. • And Mr. Trump has again decided to stop short of reimposing strict sanctions on Iran. Two people…

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Image copyright Getty Images Christmas is the most important trading period of the year for most retailers, which is why their performance over the festive season comes under such scrutiny. This festive season, those with strong online operations and some supermarkets have fared well, while the names of the losers…

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Image copyright M&S Image caption M&S food sales fell in the key Christmas trading period Marks and Spencer sales fell over the key Christmas period, while Tesco reported record festive trade. M&S said like-for-like revenues fell 1.4% in the 13 weeks to 30 December. Clothing and homeware fell 2.8%, while…

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• Two other challenges on gerrymandering are already before the Supreme Court. The North Carolina case could join them if Republicans appeal Tuesday’s ruling. Bannon is out at Breitbart • It is the latest turn in an improbable career in modern American politics. After his criticism of President Trump and…

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Image copyright Getty Images UK manufacturing output is expanding at its fastest rate since early 2008 after recording a seventh consecutive month of growth in November. Renewable energy projects, boats, aeroplanes and cars for export helped make output 3.9% higher in the three months to November than in 2016. Official…

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Image copyright Morrisons The UK’s fourth largest supermarket, Morrisons, continued to ring up growing sales over the key Christmas period. The chain sold 2.8% more in the 10 weeks to 7 January than it did for the same period a year earlier, not including new store openings. Christmas trading was…

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