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Russia Has Low Expectations Ahead of Trump-Putin G20 Meeting

Russia Has Low Expectations Ahead of Trump-Putin G20 MeetingOn Friday, President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka—the first summit between the two leaders since the release of the Mueller report in April.For the past several years, the Special Counsel’s investigation into whether Trump campaign colluded with Russia has cast a large shadow over U.S.-Russian relations. Now that the Mueller report has found no evidence of conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, could U.S-Russian relations be headed for a reset? The National Interest spoke with several prominent Russian analysts to gauge Moscow’s expectations for the meeting and how it views the current state of U.S.-Russian relations.Many of Trump’s critics in Washington lambast the forty-fifth president as being overly friendly towards Russia. However, in Moscow there is clear disappointment about the Trump administration’s Russia policy thus far.Ivan Timofeev, program director at the Russian International Affairs Council, told the National Interest, “If we look at the essence of the documents, Trump’s executive orders, his policies over the past three years, then he does not differ from bipartisan consensus on Russia.” He argued that when it comes to instituting sanctions against Russia, Trump often does more than even Congress requires of him.There is little hope in Moscow for a breakthrough in U.S.-Russian relations anytime soon. Although Trump touted the Mueller report as a total vindication of himself, the Russian analysts I spoke with view Trump as remaining quite politically vulnerable.“Democrats still do not regard Trump as the legitimate president of the United States,” said Dmitry Suslov, deputy director at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the Higher School of Economics.



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Biden Faces High Expectations and Risks Entering 2020 Campaign

Biden Faces High Expectations and Risks Entering 2020 Campaign(Bloomberg) — Joe Biden will have to quickly establish that he can sustain his position at the top of the Democratic presidential field in a political environment that’s changed dramatically since he was last on a ballot.



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Economy Grows 3.2 Percent During First Quarter, Outpacing Expectations

Economy Grows 3.2 Percent During First Quarter, Outpacing ExpectationsThe economy grew 3.2 percent during the first quarter of this year, beating analysts' and investors' expectations, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).Economists had expected a first-quarter showing of 2.5 percent GDP growth, only slightly higher than the 2.2 percent growth in the last quarter of 2018. Instead, GDP grew 3.2 percent, marking the economy's best first-quarter performance since 2015.The BEA attributed the favorable growth rate to exports as well as better state- and local-government spending. Disposable personal income increased by 3 percent in the first quarter, while prices rose 0.8 percent. Imports sank by 3.7 percent and exports increased by the same amount. At the same time, some potential warning signs also appeared in the report, including a 50 percent drop in the business-investment rate despite 2017's tax cuts.The growth rate also defied expectations that the economy would suffer more seriously from the record-breaking 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year, as well as fears that global growth was sputtering. President Trump's tariffs on China had particularly worried investors, with even the White House saying that American companies may see their earnings projections take a hit because of them.“It’s not going to be just Apple,” top White House economist Kevin Hassett said in January. “I think that there are a heck of a lot of U.S. companies that have a lot of sales in China that are basically going to be watching their earnings be downgraded next year until we get a deal with China.”



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U.S. team lowers expectations for second summit with North Korea's Kim

U.S. team lowers expectations for second summit with North Korea's KimIt’s unclear how far either side is willing to go, but officials in Washington and Seoul say discussions have included allowing inspectors to observe the dismantlement of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear reactor and opening U.S.-North Korea liaison offices. Declaring an end to a technical state of hostilities that has existed since the 1950s, and allowing some inter-Korean projects like opening a tourism zone in North Korea are other possibilities. “Over the last few months, the U.S. position has shifted considerably, putting in play a range of incentives that had been considered out of bounds, even by previous administrations,” said Adam Mount, defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists.



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White House manages expectations for second Kim summit

White House manages expectations for second Kim summitWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to manage expectations for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, predicting a "continuation of the progress" made last time.



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The 2020 Ford F-series Super Duty Has New Engines and Big Expectations

The 2020 Ford F-series Super Duty Has New Engines and Big ExpectationsBefore we even hear the official power ratings and tow capacities, Ford's latest heavy-duty pickups have our attention.



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The Flu Shot Doesn’t Live Up To Expectations — And That Keeps Many People Away

The Flu Shot Doesn’t Live Up To Expectations — And That Keeps Many People AwayMore people are dying of the flu than medical professionals would expect at this time of the year.



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How Having Low Expectations May Affect Breast Cancer Treatment

Women taking hormonal therapies as part of their breast cancer treatment experienced twice as many side effects if they held negative expectations, compared to women who believed the side effects would not be as bad, according to a new study. Side effects from treatment can influence how well a person adheres to it, the study authors argue, and understanding how expectations can impact side effects could spur the development of interventions to improve women’s experience.

Published in the journal Annals of Oncology, the study surveyed 111 women with breast cancer who were taking hormonal therapies, like the drug Tamoxifen, at the start of their treatment and again two years later. They were asked what their expectations were about the treatment, including the severity of the side effects. By the end of the study, the women who had negative or highly negative views of what they were going to experience reported having double the side effects as other women.

The side effects reported included weight gain, joint pain and hot flashes. But the researchers also noted that women reported side effects like back pain and breathing issues that, according to the study authors, could not be directly due to the drugs. Based on this, the researchers say negative thoughts about treatment may play a prominent role in people’s experience.

The study size is small, and more research is needed to determine if these expectations really play a significant role. But the findings suggest that more can be done to find ways to help women manage their expectations and have better outcomes. Counseling designed to boost coping expectations and strategies to help patients reframe how they view their own side effects—getting them to see that discomfort can mean the therapy is working, for instance—are some potential tools that can help outcomes, the study authors say.

 

This article originally appeared on Time.com.


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