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    First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

  • Cuban and US flags are seen on balconies in Havana

    U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the latest to bow out of Cuba, posing new questions about diplomatic ties.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants. It is the first volley in what is expected to be an intense battle over spending in coming months in Congress,...

  • Amazon could be $3T company in 10 years: Social Capital founder

    Chamath Palihapitiya, Social Capital founder talks about Amazon's tremendous growth prospect and says it is close to a monopoly in two very important markets - retail and its AWS business. Also Palihapitiya talks about Microsoft's near monopoly and Snapchat's value.

  • AMSTERDAM, March 16- Dutch centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte fought off the challenge of anti-Islam and anti-EU rival Geert Wilders to score an election victory that was hailed across Europe on Thursday by governments facing a rising wave of nationalism. He declared it an "evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said'...

  • President Donald Trump delivers remarks U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the American Center for Mobility, a test facility for driverless car technology for American Manufactured Vehicles in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, March 15, 2017.

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports President Trump's travel ban has been blocked by a federal judge, citing the new order issued... "to disfavor a particular religion, among other reasons.

  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.

    The tech giants deciding not to put their weight behind a lawsuit seeking to block the second version of Donald Trump's travel ban.

  • President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the American Center for Mobility, a test facility for driverless car technology for American Manufactured Vehicles in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, March 15, 2017.

    Donald Trump has pledged to appeal against a federal judge's order placing an immediate halt on his revised travel ban.

  • *France and Germany still to face test of rising populism. AMSTERDAM, March 16- Dutch center-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte fought off the challenge of anti-Islam and anti-EU rival Geert Wilders to score an election victory that was hailed across Europe on Thursday by governments facing a rising wave of nationalism. Political analysts said Rutte won on a mix...

  • *France and Germany still to face test of rising populism. AMSTERDAM, March 16- Dutch centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte fought off the challenge of anti-Islam and anti-EU rival Geert Wilders to score an election victory that was hailed across Europe on Thursday by governments facing a rising wave of nationalism. Political analysts said Rutte won on a mix...

  • AMSTERDAM, March 16- Dutch centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte scored a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other governments across Europe facing a wave of nationalism. Rutte declared it an "evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said' stop'...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants. It is the first volley in what is expected to be an intense battle over spending in coming months in Congress,...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants. It is the first volley in what is expected to be an intense battle over spending in coming months in Congress,...

  • AMSTERDAM, March 16- The Netherlands' centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on course for a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism. "It appears that the VVD will be the biggest party in the Netherlands for the third time in a row," a...

  • President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee on March 15, 2017.

    A federal judge in Hawaii granted a nationwide injunction on President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

  • AMSTERDAM, March 16- The Netherlands' centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte roundly saw off a challenge by anti-Islam, anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, early returns showed, a huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism. "It appears that the VVD will be the biggest party in the Netherlands for the third time in a row," a beaming...

  • AMSTERDAM, March 15- The Netherlands' center-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte roundly saw off a challenge by anti-Islam, anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, exit polls said, a huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism. "It appears that the VVD will be the biggest party in the Netherlands for the third time in a row," a beaming Rutte...

  • AMSTERDAM, March 15- The Netherlands' centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte roundly saw off a challenge by anti-Islam, anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, exit polls said, a huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism. The result was a relief to mainstream parties across Europe, particularly in France and Germany, where...

  • *Polls close at 2000 GMT. THE HAGUE, March 15- The Dutch tested their own tolerance for immigration and Islam on Wednesday in an election magnified by a furious row with Turkey, the first of three polls in the European Union this year where nationalist parties are seeking breakthroughs. As many as 13 million voters began casting ballots at polling stations across...

  • I blame Rutte for the rise of Wilders: Dutch Green Leader

    Jesse Klaver, leader of the Dutch GroenLinks party and potential electoral kingmaker, says that Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD party has done a "bad job."