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Paul Smith says he wanted "take a page from the Russian playbook" to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (seen here with President Trump in October) on Thursday called the argument that U.S. steel import tariffs were necessary for national security reasons an "affront" to Canada. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Companies And Regulators Move Toward Full Ban On Plastic Straws To Help Alleviate Pileup

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Trump Administration Plans To Extend Steel And Aluminum Tariffs To Canada, Mexico And EU

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When Scientists Develop Products From Personal Medical Data, Who Gets To Profit?

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A road sign on Hamburg's Max-Brauer-Allee warns motorists that older diesel vehicles are banned from using this stretch of road. Hamburg is the first German city to ban older diesel vehicles. Daniel Bockwoldt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Could A Diesel Ban In Hamburg, Germany, Cause More Pollution? Some Residents Worry

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Coils of steel wire sit stacked in the shipping area of the Grupo Acerero SA steel processing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in March. Mexican steel will be subject to a 25 percent tariff. Mauricio Palos/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Sears Holdings Corp., which operates Sears and Kmart, said Thursday that it is closing 72 more of its stores. Here, shoppers look for deals at the last remaining Sears store in Chicago before it closes this summer. Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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The EU Steels For Tariffs

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Italy's Global Market Impact

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Federal Reserve Proposes Changes To Volcker Rule

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President Trump talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before dinner at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, in April in Palm Beach, Fla. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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