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Trump pulls back from scrapping NAFTA, GOP teases bill to avoid government shutdown, Trump contemplating "break up" of a federal court, and more.
April 27, 2017, 2:36pm

US News

Trump Moves to Renegotiate NAFTA 
President Donald Trump has decided that the US will not withdraw from NAFTA, at least for now. Despite Trump's repeated description of the trade agreement as a "disaster," the White House said the president had "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time." The White House also said Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto had agreed to "enable the renegotiation" of the deal.—AP

GOP Introduces Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown
House Republicans have a bill to keep the government open another week and avoid a shutdown. Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said he hopes the temporary stopgap could be voted on Friday before the midnight deadline to allow more time for discussion.—CBS News


Trump Says He's Contemplating "Break Up" of Ninth Circuit
"There are many people that want to break up the Ninth Circuit," President Trump said in an interview with the Washington Examiner, adding that he'd "absolutely" mulled how to ax the pesky arm of the judiciary, which has blocked two of his executive orders relating to immigration.—Washington Examine

Coulter Blames Conservatives for Canceled Berkeley Speech 
Ann Coulter said she was forced to cancel a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, after conservative groups pulled support for the event. Berkeley College Republicans and Young America's Foundation reportedly decided not to fight to make the event happen because of the safety risk to staff and students. "Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away," Coulter said.—The New York Times

International News

Israel Said to Strike Syrian Base Near Damascus Airport
Missile strikes reportedly carried out by Israel Thursday morning struck a Syrian military base near Damascus airport. Israel's intelligence minister, Israel Katz, told Israeli's Army Radio that he could "confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel's policy" of preventing Hezbollah from obtaining weapons. Rebel group sources claimed a weapons depot used by Hezbollah was hit.—BBC News

Venezuela to Withdraw from Organization of American States
The Venezuelan government announced plans to withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS) over the next couple years. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez said the group had been attempting to destabilize the Socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro. She described the OAS as an "interventionist coalition" led by the US.—Al Jazeera


Five Dead in Attack on Army Base in Kashmir
Three Indian soldiers were killed by armed gunmen in an attack on an army base in the disputed Indian-controlled part of Kashmir. The two militants were fatally shot by soldiers returning fire. Protests have erupted in the Muslim-majority region over a widely shared video showing a Kashmiri man tied to an army vehicle.—Reuters

Nine Pro-Democracy Protesters Arrested in Hong Kong
Police in Hong Kong arrested at least nine people Thursday for their suspected role in anti-government protests last year. Political party Demosistō said two of its activists—Derek Lam and Ivan Lam—were charged with unlawful assembly and public disorder. Other pro-democracy campaigners arrested include student organizers and members of the League of Social Democrats.—The Guardian

Everything Else

Katy Perry Teases Migos Collaboration
Katy Petty has revealed the cover art and release date for her new single "Bon Appetit" featuring Migos. Out this Friday, it'll be the second single from her forthcoming fifth album.—Billboard

Rae Sremmurd Lined Up for Hard Summer Festival
Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Ty Dolla $ign, and Snoop Dogg will all perform at the tenth anniversary of the Hard Summer Music Festival in California this August. Snoop will play the entirety of his 1993 album, Doggystyle.—Rolling Stone

Most Trump Voters Believe Obama Spied on Trump Campaign, Poll Finds
A majority of Americans who voted for Donald Trump—64 percent—believe the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Only 10 percent of Clinton voters believe the same.—VICE News

Anderson .Paak Drops New Mix of Big Hit 
Anderson .Paak has released a new version of "Come Down" featuring ScHoolboy Q and Ty Dolla $ign. Producer Jahlil Beats has given the 2016 single a club-ready makeover.—Noisey

Interior Department Agency Stops Posting Nature Images 
The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management is no longer posting images of nature on its Flickr page. Instead, the page is composed of photos of oil wells, mining pits, and construction.—Motherboard