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Thursday's News: President Trump cuts short a meeting with congressional Democratic leaders, the White House plans to announce farm aid to offset the trade war's impacts and the president will get a very friendly treatment from the prime minister on his upcoming trip to Japan.

Trump explodes after Pelosi's "cover-up" claim, cuts off meeting with Democrats with CBS News's Nancy Cordes

"President Trump says congressional Democrats should stop investigating his presidency. He abruptly cut off a White House meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday. The president says he was upset that Pelosi accused him of cover-ups." https://cbsn.ws/2JVOZ1c

Investigations will not hold up must-pass debt ceiling hike, government funding bills: Senior White House official by CNBC's Eamon Javers and Christina Wilkie

"Certain must-pass pieces of legislation, including a debt ceiling hike and critical government spending bills, will move forward despite President Donald Trump’s claim Wednesday that he cannot negotiate with congressional Democrats while they continue to investigate him, a senior White House official told CNBC." https://cnb.cx/2VZLFcA

Trump Administration to Announce Farm Aid to Ease Pain of Trade War by The New York Times's Ana Swanson and Glenn Thrush

"The Trump administration is preparing to announce a substantial aid package for farmers as early as Thursday, one of several recent moves aimed at mollifying an important political constituency hurt by President Trump’s trade war." https://nyti.ms/2K1nqDF

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released from prison with NBC News's Pete Williams

"John Walker Lindh, the California man dubbed the “American Taliban” after he was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan nearly two decades ago, is set to be released from prison Thursday. Intelligence officials say Lindh has never renounced Islamic extremism." https://on.today.com/2VWrMDy

From the emperor to sumo wrestling, Abe harnesses Japan’s traditions to impress Trump by The Washington Post's David Nakamura and Simon Denyer

"Perhaps no world leader has been as assiduous in flattering President Trump’s ego as Shinzo Abe. But Japan’s prime minister may have just outdone himself, pressing the country’s time-honored traditions into service for the American president’s upcoming trip." https://wapo.st/2HMUEUN