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1/17/2017

Many people claim to hate meetings, but if you set rules, expectations and a safe environment, meetings can suddenly become valuable, writes Lara Hogan of Etsy. Among her tips: Meetings shouldn't be held just because they're on the calendar, and it's important to know whether you are running a meeting or facilitating it.

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1/17/2017

Men have a harder time with performance reviews than women, with 25% crying after meeting with managers, compared with 18% of women, according to a study by Adobe Systems. The study also says men are more likely than women to look for a different job after a review.

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1/17/2017

The US is less dependent on trade than China, putting the nation in an advantageous position as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, writes Minxin Pei. While the US is at its strongest economic point since 2008, China "is weighed down by a mountain of bad debt, overcapacity, and capital flight," Pei writes.

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1/17/2017

Try to do more doing and less seeing in your daily life so you can enjoy new experiences that will be interesting to others, writes Jeff Haden. Other ways to become more interesting include embracing a specific cause you're passionate about and accepting your faults instead of fearing them.

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1/17/2017

The Republican-led Congress is getting ready for a flurry of legislative activity aimed as rolling back Barack Obama-era regulations and executive orders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the action is needed because too much power has been placed in the hands of bureaucrats.

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1/17/2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he hopes to confirm "six or seven" Cabinet members for President-elect Donald Trump on Friday. Confirmation hearings are scheduled Wednesday for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-nominee Scott Pruitt.

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1/17/2017

The public's confidence in the institutions of government, media, business and nongovernmental agencies all dropped in 2016, according to a survey by Edelman PR. Trust in the media fell from 48% to 43%, the lowest ever, with faith in traditional media being hit hardest.

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1/17/2017

Crowds of partiers and protesters will flock to Washington, D.C., for Friday's inauguration and associated events. Getting around the District will be complicated as many streets and several Metro stations will be closed for security purposes.

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Metro
1/17/2017

Medical research and helping low-income communities in Africa and India are top priorities for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to Microsoft founder Bill Gates. "You want to improve human life as much as you can sort of per-dollar, and the ability to do that in poor countries is over a hundred times greater than if you are working in an area where the basic situation is much better," he said.

1/17/2017

Uber faces challenges across East Asia as the company struggles with competitors and regulation in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. In Taiwan, for example, the government recently passed a measure levying steeper fines on the company's drivers -- which Uber usually pays -- for functioning as "illegal taxi operators."

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