How getting fired made my career

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I was recently asked to write about resilience, in light of a new book on the subject by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg. These are my thoughts.

It wasn't that I wasn't good at my job, he assured me, it was just that I didn't have much personality.

That was when I realised I was being fired.

The anchor who was going to replace me, my boss said, simply had more on-air character. It was apples and oranges really, he added, with all the bedside manner of a limp fish.

To this day, I'm not sure if I was the apple or the orange, but I do know you can't argue against being the wrong type of fruit. I was out, the new guy was in and my dreams of becoming a TV anchor were over.

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What does all this bombing tell us about Trump?

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Donald Trump has not only normalised American foreign policy, he has arguably made it more effective.

With two high-profile, signal-sending bombing raids and a series of breathtaking policy reversals, President Trump has brought US foreign policy back in line with conventional thinking. But he has added to the equation a measure of force that gives Washington new clout.

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Katty Kay: Spicer had choice - apologise or dig

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It's never clear to me why it's so hard for people to say sorry. It's a simple word, just two syllables and its positive impact is enormous.

But to be effective the "sorry" needs to come fast and be said sincerely. Take too long or add a caveat and your apology loses its power.

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Eric Cantor says healthcare bill is 'first real test for Trump'

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor - a top Republican during the Obamacare fight - tells me he thinks it will be a "real difficult road" for the rest of the Republican agenda if the healthcare bill is not passed.

Despite that, Mr Cantor is convinced it will make it through Congress.

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Women's Day: A US gender ceiling far from shattered

It's much better than it used to be, but female leadership in the United States - in politics and business - has still a long way to go to achieve parity.

Here's my take.

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Why Trump's big speech to Congress may actually matter

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The state of the union is broken. Or, at least, the state of the State of Union address is broken.

Audiences for this annual political tradition have been steadily declining for years.

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What's next after one month of Trump drama

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Four weeks. Twenty-eight days. It feels like 280 days. I feel 280. If Donald Trump is exhausting even the news-hungry political journalists, I wonder what he is doing to the rest of the world.

For the first three weeks I started the day repeating a mantra, "watch what he does, not what he says." I've discarded that notion. What Mr Trump says and how he says it is an important part of his presidency. His rhetoric, both in person and Twitter, appeals to his supporters. It's new and fresh and irreverent. But one day it could also be his undoing. He is increasingly losing respect among key Republicans, and he needs them to govern effectively.

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Neil Gorsuch: The man who could shape American law for decades

Donald Trump's pick to be the next US Supreme Court justice has been on a charm offensive here in Washington.

Neil Gorsuch met with the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

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What will happen in Donald Trump's first 100 days?

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Donald Trump has promised to take Washington by storm.

There is almost nothing the new American president does not want to change - policy, tone, foreign relations, the press pool. Mr Trump has told his cabinet nominees to be bold and be bold now.

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Trump inauguration: Two Americas in 24 hours

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In the space of 24 hours, Washington was the scene of two Americas.

President Trump's supporters came feeling they've just taken their country back.

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