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Trade war dragging on U.S. economy as deficit soars, CBO warns

The U.S. budget deficit is growing faster than expected and President Donald Trump’s trade war is weighing on the economy, according to a new Congressional Budget Office forecast that highlights key challenges ahead of the 2020 elections. The shortfall is set to widen to $1 trillion by fiscal year 2020, two years earlier than previously estimated, according to the nonpartisan group’s annual budget outlook released in Washington. That’s up from an estimated $960 billion in the 12 months that ends Sept. 30. The CBO said in January it saw a gap of $890 billion next year and didn’t see it topping $1 trillion until 2022. — Bloomberg

Sean Spicer responds to 'Dancing With the Stars' backlash: 'I hope it will be a politics-free zone'

Sean Spicer said he wants to have fun on "Dancing With the Stars" — and also leave politics at the stage door, which early reaction to the casting of the former White House press secretary suggests might be difficult. The announcement of Spicer joining the show's 28th season, alongside James Van Der Beek, Christie Brinkley, "Bachelorette" star Hannah Brown and former NBA All-Star Lamar Odom, among others, sparked intense criticism of the show. That blowback included a statement from show host Tom Bergeron, who wrote on Twitter that he hoped the coming season would be "free of inevitably divisive bookings from any party affiliations." — The Hollywood Reporter

Potential mass shootings in California, Tennessee averted after tipsters' alerts, officials say

Potential mass shootings in California and Tennessee — at a Long Beach hotel threatened by a disgruntled employee and inside a Memphis church targeted by a truck driver who saw "spiritual snakes and spiders" — were thwarted after tipsters grew concerned by the would-be shooters' behavior, officials said. In Indiana on Friday, authorities arrested Thomas Matthew McVicker, a 38-year-old truck driver who reportedly threatened to "shoot up" a church in Memphis. He made "credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide," an FBI special agent said in a sworn affidavit obtained by The Associated Press. McVicker was arrested by Indiana State Police and the FBI. — Fox News

Is it a bird or a bunny? This optical illusion of an animal is confusing the internet

It's a bird! It's a rabbit! No, it's definitely a bird. But hey, you be the judge. A video of a black animal getting a nice scratch is spreading quickly around the internet as people take sides in yet another great debate. Daniel Quintana, a scientist at the University of Oslo in Norway, is responsible for all this — he found the video on an image-sharing website on Sunday and tweeted it, saying, "Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose." — CNN

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