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US warns Turkey not to attack Syria

The US called on Turkey to not follow through on threats to attack US-backed forces in Syria Wednesday, an incursion the Pentagon warned could threaten US personnel and derail the fight against ISIS.

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Unilateral military action into northeast Syria 'unacceptable': Pentagon

The Pentagon said on Wednesday that any unilateral action into northeast Syria was of grave concern and "unacceptable," after Turkey announced that ...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey planning military operation to 'wipe out' Syria terrorists

Turkish President Recep Erdogan said Wednesday his military will soon launch an operation against terror groups in Syria it says are backed by the ...

Takeaway from the Oval Office showdown: Trump still hasn't accepted his midterm defeat

First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

Haley says she used Trump's outbursts to her advantage at the U.N.

"I got the job done by being truthful, but also by letting him be unpredictable and not showing our cards," the departing U.N. ambassador tells NBC ...

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Facebook's headquarters evacuated due to bomb threat (updated)

Tonight the police in Menlo Park, CA are on the scene near the 200 block of Jefferson Ave where the headquarters of Facebook and Instagram are located. According to local news stations KRON4 and NBC Bay Area, an anonymous tip came in to the ...

Alleged Russian operative Maria Butina to plead guilty, help prosecutors

A plea agreement obtained by NBC News shows Butina will admit conspiring "to establish ... communication with Americans having power" for Russia's benefit.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Says She Will Leave ‘Today’ in April

Ms. Gifford, and her co-host Hoda Kotb, have become fixtures on NBC’s morning lineup over the past decade, along with their ever-present glasses of wine.

Meet the potential 'Baskin-Robbins' Dem field for 2020

First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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The Joy and Pain of Playing Music

Playing sports can lead to injuries...but so can playing an instrument. Just like athletes, musicians can suffer occupational pain, repetitive strain ...

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Detained Chinese Pastor: Xi's God-Like Status Clashes With Christianity

China is tightening a clampdown on unregistered Christian churches, with members of a prominent evangelical congregation saying police have detained its activist pastor along with scores of worshipers.

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US Diplomat: Russia Gas Pipeline to Boost Grip on Ukraine, Europe

Russia is seeking to boost its power in Europe and grip over Ukraine with the proposed Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, the top U.S. energy diplomat said on Monday, in a step-up of Washington's rhetoric against the pipeline. "Through Nord Stream 2, Russia seeks to increase its leverage of the West while severing Ukraine from Europe," Francis ...

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'I can't breathe': Transcript of recording details Khashoggi's final moments before murder

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi repeatedly said, "I can't breathe'' in his final moments as he was attacked at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, CNN reported.        

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘My Brilliant Friend’ and ‘Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night’

Catch the season finale of “My Brilliant Friend” on HBO, and watch Pentatonix’s Las Vegas holiday musical special on NBC.

If Trump believes Hillary's emails were the 'biggest political scandal since Watergate,' what now?

First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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Your guide to Pentatonix's latest NBC holiday special, 'A Not So Silent Night'

The a cappella group's special, "Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night," is filled with music and mystery. Here's what to expect, from guest ...

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NBC's Pentatonix holiday special teaser

A teaser video provided by NBC to promote their holiday special featuring a cappella group Pentatonix, airing Monday, December 10th.        

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Editorial Cartoons Pack Powerful Messages

Editorial cartoons -- also known as political cartoons -- have been around as long as there’s been political discourse and dissent.  In the U.S., they’re a vibrant part of American culture and history, and no matter how controversial, are protected as free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the late ...

Saudi Arabia refuses to extradite suspects in Khashoggi case

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister ruled out the possibility of extraditing suspects to Turkey in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Rand Paul says he has concerns about William Barr, Trump’s pick for attorney general

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the senator said Barr’s views on executive power and domestic surveillance are “very troubling.” Other ...

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Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers says he may take legal action on lame-duck bills restricting executive power

“We’re going to pursue this,” Evers said in an interview with NBC, days after GOP lawmakers passed measures that would restrain his authority.

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Republicans defend Trump amid brewing legal storm

On NBC News, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) played down the alleged campaign finance violations detailed by prosecutors. Meanwhile, Rep. Jerrold Nadler ...

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Space Station Astronauts Get Holiday Treats Delivered After Delay

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship finally delivered more than 2,500 kilograms of holiday treats Saturday to the International Space Station after a communications drop-out delayed the shipment. After two approach attempts, the Dragon locked onto the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral in the southeastern U.S. state of ...

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Christian Right Aided the Ascent of Republican in Disputed North Carolina Race

Religious leaders are rallying around Mark Harris, a pastor turned politician whose victory is under scrutiny as the state conducts an investigation into possible voter fraud.

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Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams and Pastor Chad Johnson Break Up

It's over between Michelle Williams and pastor Chad Johnson...according to her. The 38-year-old Destiny's Child singer and Broadway star announced on her Instagram Stories on...

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