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Shinzo had a something special for Donald. 

When President Trump arrived on Sunday at the Kasumigaseki Country Club outside Tokyo to play golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese leader surprised Trump with the sort of trucker hats Trump favors, embroidered in his preferred color — gold — and borrowing from Trump's signature slogan: “Donald & Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater.”

The hats symbolized how foreign leaders have quickly learned to play to Trump's pride, and the Donald-Shinzo love-fest didn’t end there. 

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As President Trump arrived in Japan to start a five-nation trip to Asia that will be heavily focused on the nuclear standoff with North Korea, most Americans have little faith in his ability to handle that problem, according to a poll published Sunday.

Only one in three Americans said they had a "great deal" or even a "good amount" of trust in Trump's ability to "act responsibly in handling the situation involving North Korea," the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll found. Half said they did not trust him at all, with the rest expressing little trust.

The rating on that issue is slightly lower than Trump's overall job approval: The poll found 37% approving Trump's job performance and 59% disapproving. That's in line with recent surveys from Fox News, Gallup, Rasmussen, YouGov, SurveyMonkey and other organizations.

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President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) shake hands on the GOP tax plan Thursday at the White House. (Michael Reynolds / EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) shake hands on the GOP tax plan Thursday at the White House. (Michael Reynolds / EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

House Republicans produced an ambitious proposal to overhaul the tax code, but as lawmakers sift through the pages, sorting out winners and losers, any concerns they might have are being overpowered by the political momentum to deliver on one of President Trump’s top priorities.

The legislation is on a fast track to pass in the House in a matter of weeks, despite criticism that it’s heavily tilted toward corporations and the wealthy, does little for the middle class and will pile $1.5 trillion onto the deficit.

Instead, Republicans see in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act an opportunity to salvage their legislative agenda, after limited accomplishments during Trump’s first year in the White House, and reshape the federal tax code to align with their low-tax, small-government goals.

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A massive U.S. report concludes that evidence of global warming is stronger than ever and that more than 90% of it has been caused by humans.

The conclusion contradicts a favorite talking point of senior members of the Trump administration.

A 477-page report released Friday said it's "extremely likely" — meaning with 95% to 100% certainty — that global warming is man-made, mostly from carbon dioxide through the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.

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President Trump commented Friday morning on the closure of his account for 11 minutes the day before.

"I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact," Trump said, though it was unclear what 'the word' was. 

The account was deactivated just before 4 p.m. EDT

Twitter's first explanation was that someone accidentally deleted it — someone who was not Trump. A few hours later, the company announced that a customer service employee was the culprit

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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez greets President Obama in Havana last year
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez greets President Obama in Havana last year (Associated Press)

Cuba is denying that a "deliberate attack" caused mysterious ailments reported by U.S. personnel stationed in Havana, and accuses the Trump administration of refusing to cooperate in the investigation of the episode.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said U.S. officials who claimed 24 Americans suffered hearing loss and other ailments from some sort of acoustic attack were "deliberately lying."

Rodriguez said the Trump administration was "politicizing" the case as part of a broader strategy to spoil relations between the two nations, only recently improved during the last two years of the Obama presidency.

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For a brief moment Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump's Twitter account disappeared from the internet.

Just before 4 p.m., searching for @realDonaldTrump on Twitter resulted in an error.

Twitter's first explanation was that someone accidentally deleted it — someone who was not Trump. A few hours later, they announced that a customer service employee was the culprit

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Donna Brazile has torn open an old, persistent wound within the Democratic Party.

In her new book, the former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman makes a bold — if not previously suspected — allegation: Before she took over the organization in the summer of 2016, leaders within the party showed considerable favoritism toward Hillary Clinton during the primary election. 

From the start, Brazile writes, the scale was tipped in favor of former secretary of State Clinton — and against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). It centers on a fundraising agreement that Clinton’s campaign signed with the DNC that essentially kept the committee afloat and allowed her aides to control the party. 

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Republican senators, emerging from a meeting with President Trump on Thursday, said they opposed the idea of including legislation to provide legal status for "Dreamers" as part of a must-pass year-end spending deal.

That stand could lead to a standoff in Congress next month. Democratic leaders have pushed to include legislation on the Dreamers as part of the year-end measure that lawmakers have to pass to keep government agencies from shutting down.

Republicans have been unable to pass bills to fund the government without support from at least some Democrats, a fact that gives the Democratic minority considerable leverage in the year-end negotiations.