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10 things you need to know today: September 6, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Obama cancels meeting with Philippines president after insult
President Obama canceled a meeting planned for Tuesday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, after the new leader referred to Obama using a derogatory Tagalog phrase. Duterte was threatening to curse Obama if he raised the issue of the extrajudicial killings of more than 2,000 suspected drug dealers by Philippine authorities. “Clearly, he’s a colorful guy,” Obama said ahead of a regional summit both leaders are attending in Laos. Duterte later said he regretted his words “came across as a personal attack on the U.S. president,” and that he looked forward to “ironing out our differences.”

Source: The Associated Press, CNN

2. Phyllis Schlafly dies at 92
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, died Monday at her home in St. Louis after what her daughter said…

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