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President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis at the White House in October. Mattis will be replaced by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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With the Dow swinging up and down hundreds of points in a day, investors are feeling queasy. One economist says uncertainty in the stock markets may mean turbulence will continue in the new year. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Stock Market Gyrations Making You Dizzy? Get Used To It, Analysts Say

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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., address reporters about the fight over funding a border wall before the partial government shutdown. Pelosi will lead House Democrats in voting on a bill to reopen the government when they take power in the House on Thursday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Serena Williams and Roger Federer, shown here at the Wimbledon Championships 2012 Winners Ball, are set to play each other at a mixed doubles match on New Year's Day at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images hide caption

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Two senior officials at the U.S. Government Publishing Office, based in Washington, D.C., betrayed "public trust" and eroded employee morale by hiring unqualified workers, including an official's son, the agency's Office of Inspector General said in an internal report. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Cronyism, 'Wasteful' Spending Accusations Roil Government Publishing Office

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On New Year's Day, Jair Bolsonaro will be sworn in as president of Brazil. He's an admirer of Donald Trump, and his rise to power has created — and reflected — deep divisions among Brazilians. Buda Mendes/Getty Images hide caption

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Jair Bolsonaro, A Polarizing Figure, Prepares To Become Brazil's President

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Arunachalam Muruganantham, inventor of a menstruation pad machine, tests the quality of the pads as local women, who are eager to learn how the machine works, look on. Anand Brian hide caption

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Allen Druffel, 34, of Colton, Wash., stands in front of the co-op silos that hold his unsold chickpeas. Last year he was getting 50 cents a pound for his pulse crop. Now, the going price is 18 cents a pound — well below his cost of production. Anna King/Northwest News Network hide caption

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Chickpeas Sit In Silos As Trump's Trade Wars Wage On

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to reporters outside her home in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 31, after announcing plans to explore a campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Meredith Nierman/WGBH hide caption

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'We Can Win': Elizabeth Warren Outlines 2020 Presidential Bid

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