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8:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

Protestors raise their fists and chant slogans during a rally against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on May 13, 2014.
YOSHIKAZU TSUNO AFP/Getty Images

One of the most basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is also the most important: it's huge.

Before leaving for the Memorial Day holiday, the trade deal got over a big hurdle Friday when the Senate voted in favor of giving the Obama administration "fast-track" authority to negotiate the massive trade deal with Canada and 10 Asian nations.

That leaves the U.S. House, and it's not clear it has the votes yet. If it passes, though, TPP, which has angered many in the president's party, would be by far the largest free trade agreement the US has in effect.

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Media
8:02 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

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Europe
7:25 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Italy's Berlusconi Discovers Social Media As A Campaign Tool

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finished serving a tax fraud conviction in March.
Luca Bruno AP

Italy holds regional elections on Sunday, and one politician trying to make a comeback is the scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Taking his cue from Italy's digitally savvy young Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Berlusconi has opened an Instagram account, posting more than 60 photos on the first day alone.

We see Berlusconi posing with trophies of his soccer team, A.C. Milan, addressing rallies, and selfies of the 78-year-old media tycoon with his 29-year-old girlfriend Francesca Pascale — as well as Berlusconi hugging his white poodle Dudu.

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

At Least 5 Are Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

Forrest Huggleston and Alex Huff watch flooding at Shoal Creek after days of heavy rain in Austin, Texas, on Monday.
Drew Anthony Smith Getty Images

Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.

According to CNN and The New York Times, at least five people have been killed in those two states and 12 people are missing in Texas.

The Times reports:

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The Salt
6:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

In a village outside of Jenin, in the West Bank, Palestinian farmers harvest wheat early and burn the husks to yield the smoky, nutty grain known as freekeh.
Daniella Cheslow for NPR

In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life. Young boys harvested cauliflower bigger than their heads, a sun-beaten old man passed on foot with a hoe propped against his shoulder and middle-aged women strolled to their modest homes on a path between waving wheat fields.

But there was one new element, says Abufarha, a Palestinian-American businessman and the founder of the largest fair trade exporter for Palestinian produce.

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