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Merkel, Trump: a Tale of 2 (Vastly Different) Personalities

Unflappable German chancellor expected to cite common interests in first meeting

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to DC on Monday ahead of her first meeting with President Trump. The encounter between the trained physicist and veteran politician, renowned for her measured comments and reserved style, and the billionaire real-estate outsider whose off-the-cuff tweets and undiplomatic approach have rocked US politics should... More »

Putin Ready to Meet Trump 'at Any Moment'

Russia 'prepared to do its bit' toward normalizing relations

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's prepared to meet President-elect Donald Trump at any time. When asked by journalists about the possibility of arranging a meeting with Trump, Putin said, "We are ready at any moment. There are no problems from our side," according to an interview... More »

Meeting of Clinton, Trump Aides Turned Nasty Fast

'You guys are bitter'

(Newser) - The post-election forum at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government has traditionally been a respectful meeting of rival campaign strategists. This year, it's a miracle they didn't start throwing chairs. The forum turned into a shouting match as six Hillary Clinton aides and six Donald Trump aides... More »

Trump, Romney Talk World Affairs Over Frog Legs

Mitt says it was a 'wonderful evening'

(Newser) - Mitt Romney paid another visit to Trump Tower Tuesday night, where he says he discussed world affairs with Donald Trump and chief of staff Reince Priebus at an upscale French restaurant. CNN reports that Romney said he had a "wonderful evening" at Jean-Georges, where the men tucked into dishes... More »

Trump Policy Shifts Surprised NYT Interviewers

Some were alarmed, some were encouraged

(Newser) - Donald Trump visited the New York Times on Tuesday , and some of the people present say that while they were pleasantly surprised by his apparent policy shifts on issues like prosecuting Hillary Clinton, dealing with climate change, and bringing back waterboarding, it was also a jolt to realize that he... More »

Trump to NYT: 'I'm Not Overwhelmed' by Presidency

His positions on Clinton, climate change, torture have shifted

(Newser) - Donald Trump gave his first post-election newspaper interview to one of his least favorite publications: the New York Times , which he has called "failing" in numerous tweets but called a "great American jewel" in a wide-ranging talk with reporters and editors at the newspaper's offices Tuesday. The... More »

Trump Meeting With NYT Is Back On

He canceled it via tweet but has apparently reconsidered

(Newser) - It looks like Donald Trump will meet with the New York Times after all on Tuesday. The president-elect tweeted in the morning that he had canceled a meeting "with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice."... More »

Obama, Duterte Meet Face-to-Face

They exchanged 'pleasantries' before dinner

(Newser) - President Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met informally on Wednesday in a holding room before attending a gala dinner at a regional summit, Philippine officials say. The brief meeting took a little sting out of the soured relations caused by Duterte's intemperate language in referring to Obama earlier... More »

Dems Facepalm Over AG's Meeting With Bill Clinton

Loretta Lynch is heading federal probe into Hillary Clinton's email woes

(Newser) - As the FBI and Justice Department probe the Hillary Clinton email saga , two people who probably shouldn't have met did just that Monday. Bill Clinton was waiting to depart Phoenix's airport when Attorney General Loretta Lynch landed for a community event—and so Clinton ambled across the tarmac... More »

Daimler Shareholders Brawl—Over Sausages

Daimler investor was trying to hoard links from the buffet to bring home

(Newser) - It was the best of times, it was the wurst of times at Daimler AG's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday in Berlin, where an argument disrupted the get-together, the Guardian reports. "We had to call the police to settle the matter," says Daimler board chair Manfred Bischoff of... More »

Obama, Paul Ryan to Lunch

The president's charm offensive continues today

(Newser) - President Obama has invited Paul Ryan to come have lunch with him at the White House today, the latest step in his post-sequester charm offensive . "I appreciate the president's invitation, and I look forward to our conversation," said the House Budget Committee chair in a statement, per... More »

Obama, Romney Will Have Private Lunch Tomorrow

It'll be their first face-to-face meeting since the election

(Newser) - President Obama will sit down with Mitt Romney tomorrow at a private lunch meeting at the White House, spokesman Jay Carney announced today. "It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election," Carney said, according to Politico . The meeting will take place in... More »

CEOs Get Paid Big Bucks to Sit in Meetings, Eat Lunch

Study finds they spend a third of their time in meetings

(Newser) - It's no big secret that CEOs can make completely ridiculous amounts of money; what is less obvious to some is what they do that's so darn valuable. A group of London School of Economics and Harvard Business School scholars decided to dig into one aspect of CEOs' work... More »

Make Meetings Less Awful: Stand Up

Growing trend in business keeps meetings brief

(Newser) - A new trend in company meetings? Have your employees stand. The practice is increasingly popular, especially at tech companies, thanks to the growing popularity of an approach to software development known as "Agile." Standing meetings are typically brief, participants are expected not to ramble on or pontificate, and... More »

No Afghanistan Withdrawal, Obama Tells Lawmakers

But still undecided on proposed buildup

(Newser) - President Obama won’t commit to sending more troops to Afghanistan, but neither will he withdraw any, he told congressional leaders in a White House meeting today that included a sharp exchange between the president and Republican Sen. John McCain. Obama wanted to “dispense with the straw man argument... More »

Obama, Pope Hold 'Frank' Discussion at First Meeting

(Newser) - President Obama met with Pope Benedict for the first time today at the Vatican, the AP reports. The White House press secretary predicted a “frank discussion. I think that there's a lot that they agree on that they'll get a chance to discuss,” said Robert Gibbs. Though the... More »

Obama Meets With Human- Rights Leaders

Under fire for recent moves, holds 'probing' pre-speech discussion

(Newser) - Dogged by criticism over recent decisions, President Obama invited a crew of human-rights and civil-liberties leaders and academics to discuss Guantanamo, tribunals, and transparency ahead of today’s speech on similar themes, the Huffington Post reports. Obama said he was unhappy with Congress’ denial of funds to close Gitmo and... More »

Two Koreas Agree to Rare Meeting

Will discuss shared factory complex amid international tension

(Newser) - South Korea has agreed to North Korea's rare request for talks over a shared factory park, Reuters reports. South Korea will send 10 envoys north of the border Tuesday to discuss the Kaesong complex, where the North has been holding a South Korean worker for weeks after he derided its... More »

Raul Castro Holds First Meeting with US Leaders

Holds 'constructive dialogue' with six congresspeople

(Newser) - Raul Castro met with six visiting members of the Congressional Black Caucus for more than four hours yesterday in his first face-to-face discussions with US leaders since he became Cuba's president last year, the AP reports. Castro spoke with Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, and other members of the... More »

US, Iran Have 'Cordial' Chat in the Hague

Holbrooke, Iranian foreign minister will 'stay in touch': Clinton

(Newser) - Meeting in the Hague today, leading diplomats from the US and Iran had a “brief and cordial exchange,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. In the Netherlands for 70-country talks on Afghanistan, US envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and Iran’s deputy foreign minister plan to “stay... More »

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