Videos of the Day: Kanye West Meets Trump at Oval Office

October 11, 2018 Updated: October 12, 2018

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Kanye West met with President Donald Trump on Oct. 11 at the Oval Office where the rapper gave an unprepared 10-minute monologue in front of reporters, drawing praise from Trump for his honesty.

Donning a signature red “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat, West, sitting just feet away from the president at the Resolute Desk, talked freely about mental health, prison reform, and improving life for African-Americans. Former NFL star Jim Brown, who has previously voiced support for the president, was also in attendance.

Surrounded by flashing cameras, West’s remarks came before a planned lunch at the White House where they would discuss the manufacturing resurgence, how to prevent gang violence, and reducing violent crime in Chicago, where West grew up. He also met with Jared Kushner, Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, who spearheaded the president’s prison reform initiative in Congress.

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Kid Rock Comes to White House as Trump Signs Royalty Bill

President Donald Trump welcomed musicians Kid Rock and country star John Rich to the White House on Oct. 11, as he signed legislation overhauling the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated.

Trump signed the Orrin B. Hatch Music Modernization Act on Thursday. The bill won wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate and is backed by the music industry. It’s named after the retiring Utah senator, who is also a musician.

Also joining the president were Mike Love of the Beach Boys, singer Sam Moore, and the Christian group MercyMe.

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US, Russian Astronauts Land Safely After Rocket Failure

The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed on Oct. 10, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth.

The crew landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan, but the aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program that currently serves as the only link to deliver astronauts to the orbiting outpost.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin had a brief period of weightlessness when the capsule separated from the malfunctioning Soyuz rocket at an altitude of about 50 kilometers (31 miles), then endured gravitational forces of 6-7 times more than is felt on Earth as they came down at a sharper-than-normal angle.

About a half-hour later, the capsule parachuted onto a barren area about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

“Thank God the crew is alive,” said Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He added that Putin received regular updates.

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Tennis Ace Rafael Nadal Helps Clean Up Flood Devastation on Spanish Island Majorca

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal assisted in the clean-up operation after a devastating flood hit his native island of Majorca, leaving a trail of piled vehicles and damaged infrastructure from surges of water and mud.

“Sad day in Majorca,” the 32-year-old Majorca native said on Twitter. “My sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the severe floods in San Llorenc.”

At least 10 people were killed when flash floods swept through the narrow streets of St. Llorenc on Tuesday, Oct. 10, after about 8 inches of rain fell in four hours and a river burst its banks.

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