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Trump says ‘We must fight’ hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections
Trump says 'We must fight' hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections

President Trump effectively declared war Thursday on the House Freedom Caucus, the powerful group of hard-line conservative Republicans who blocked the GOP health-care bill, vowing to “fight them” in the 2018 midterm elections. In a morning tweet, Trump warned that the Freedom Caucus would “hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the […]
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Ivanka Trump reverses course, will become a government employeeResponding to criticism from ethics groups, Ivanka Trump will officially become an unpaid government employee, after initially saying that she would remain an informal adviser to her father with an office in the West Wing. “We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and […]
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Chris Christie to lead Trump White House drug commission
Chris Christie to lead Trump White House drug commission

The White House is launching a commission to combat drug addiction that will be overseen by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who for years has been a passionate voice on the scourge of drug abuse. Trump and Christie led a listening session on the subject at the White House on Wednesday, convening Attorney General Jeff Sessions and […]
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A former Trump administration appointee who left without signing ethics pledge is now a lobbyist
A former Trump administration appointee who left without signing ethics pledge is now a lobbyist

He is the second known Trump appointee who left the administration without signing a pledge to limit his lobbying activities.
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In ‘Apprentice’ defamation case, Trump will argue he is immune from lawsuits in state courts until he leaves officePresident Trump plans to argue that as president he is immune from all civil litigation filed in state court until he leaves office, a lawyer for the president wrote in a legal filing in New York this week in a case related to allegations that he sexually harassed a former contestant on the reality show […]
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Trump pressures House Intelligence Committee to probe the Clintons’ ties to Russia, not his
Trump pressures House Intelligence Committee to probe the Clintons' ties to Russia, not his

President Trump sought Monday to pressure the House committee investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election, arguing that the panel should be probing Bill and Hillary Clinton’s alleged ties to the country instead of those of his own campaign advisers. In a pair of evening tweets, Trump wrote that the “Trump Russia story is a hoax” and […]
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‘Saying no is easy, leading is hard’: GOP congressman resigns from Freedom Caucus after health-care drama
'Saying no is easy, leading is hard': GOP congressman resigns from Freedom Caucus after health-care drama

If President Trump is going to put the blame for Republicans' inability to pass health-care legislation on the House Freedom Caucus, at least one member of the conservative coalition thinks it deserves it. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) resigned Sunday from the coalition of 35 to 40 conservative House lawmakers in protest over the group's opposition to the […]
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Fox News host calls on Ryan to step down, hours after Trump tweets about her show
Fox News host calls on Ryan to step down, hours after Trump tweets about her show

A Fox News personality — whom President Trump had urged his supporters to watch Saturday night — called on House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to step down, saying he had done a disservice to Trump by failing to pass a high-profile health-care bill last week. At the top of her show, Jeanine Pirro, host […]
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White House aide Boris Epshteyn expected to leave communications post
White House aide Boris Epshteyn expected to leave communications post

Boris Epshteyn, a onetime surrogate for President Trump who became a White House aide, is expected to depart from his post. Epshteyn, who regularly appeared on television to boost Trump during the presidential campaign, had served as a special assistant to the president and assistant communications director for surrogate operations. A senior administration official said […]
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Pence says Trump will keep promise of overhauling Affordable Care Act
Pence says Trump will keep promise of overhauling Affordable Care Act

Vice President Pence said that President Trump intends to keep his promise to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, pledging that the legislation's collapse Friday was a setback that “won’t last very long.”  “President Trump is never going to stop fighting to keep his promises to the American people,” Pence said during an appearance in Scott Depot, […]
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Pakistan’s new ambassador to U.S. seeks warm relations with Trump administration
Pakistan's new ambassador to U.S. seeks warm relations with Trump administration

Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, has been in his post for only 12 days but already is busy trying to explain the profound changes in Washington to his government in Islamabad. Chaudhry hosted a group of U.S. journalists Friday at the Pakistani Embassy, where one asked what he was saying […]
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Trump talks up jobs and tax cuts as Congress struggles on health careWhile it remained unclear Friday whether he would win or lose on a health-care overhaul, President Trump was already starting to turn the page. Determined to highlight other administration priorities, Trump staged two morning announcements in the White House meant to underscore his commitment to creating jobs: granting a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline […]
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Can President Trump come through on his health care promises?
Can President Trump come through on his health care promises?

President Trump has made several promises about his plans around health care, including a vow to provide “insurance for everybody.” But can he come through on his promises? And what’s at stake if he doesn’t? The GOP’s health care overhaul plan has faced significant hurdles from within the Republican Party. The bill addresses some GOP […]
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Trump turns to truckers for help in moving the Republican health-care bill
Trump turns to truckers for help in moving the Republican health-care bill

With the fate of the House Republican health-care legislation hanging in the balance Thursday, President Trump turned to a group of truckers for help with moving the bill along. Trump welcomed drivers and executives from the American Trucking Association to the White House with a little stagecraft. As he greeted them, two large trucks were […]
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CBO analysis of House Republicans’ revised health-care bill shows just as many uninsured, less deficit reductionThe score by the Congressional Budget Office projects federal deficits would be lowered by $150 billion over 10 years but still projects that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 than under the Affordable Care Act. A previous version of the bill would have reduced the deficit by an estimated $337 billion by 2026. […]
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Biden weighs in on Russia probe: ‘Need select committee!’
Biden weighs in on Russia probe: ‘Need select committee!’

Former vice president Joseph R. Biden waded into the debate over the integrity of Congress’s probe of Russian interference in the presidential election Thursday, calling for the creation of a select committee to take over. Biden offered his opinion in a Twitter message, saying he sided with his former Senate colleague, John McCain (R-Ariz.), who […]
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Conservative women’s group knocked for giving ‘Working for Women’ award to Pence
Conservative women's group knocked for giving ‘Working for Women’ award to Pence

This post has been updated. The Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative think tank, has drawn fire on social media and from some progressive commentators for its decision to give its inaugural “Working for Women” award to Vice President Pence. Pence was scheduled to receive the award at a reception Wednesday, but the forum issued an […]
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FEC commissioner sends letter to President Trump: Where is your proof of voter fraud?
FEC commissioner sends letter to President Trump: Where is your proof of voter fraud?

Democratic appointee Ellen Weintraub said she decided that it was necessary to make her request directly to the president after hearing from voters around the country concerned about his allegations.
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Trump to attend NATO meeting in May, White House says
Trump to attend NATO meeting in May, White House says

This story has been updated. The White House on Tuesday night confirmed that President Trump will attend a gathering of NATO leaders in Brussels in May, a move that could help reassure U.S. allies about his administration's commitment to Europe's security. Trump will participate in the meetings on May 25, press secretary Sean Spicer said […]
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Trump: Most people don’t know President Lincoln was a Republican
Trump: Most people don't know President Lincoln was a Republican

Did you know President Abraham Lincoln was a Republican? President Trump apparently thinks most people don’t. “Great president,” Trump said Tuesday night at a fundraising dinner for House Republicans. “Most people don’t even know he was a Republican. Right? Does anyone know? A lot of people don’t know that. We have to build that up […]
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Trump expresses hope that health-care overhaul passes, says cutting taxes will be ‘fun’  President Trump on Tuesday night cast an upcoming House vote on overhauling the Affordable Care Act as “crucial” for the Republican Party and said that there could be some surprises and that he is hopeful “that it’s all going to work out.” Trump’s comments came at a fundraiser for House Republicans in Washington, where […]
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As Ivanka Trump’s White House role expands, her company is sued for unfair competitionA small San Francisco clothing retailer has lodged a class action suit against Ivanka Trump's brand, charging that it has an unfair business edge because President Trump, his daughter and his aides have leveraged the presidency to promote its products. Modern Appealing Clothing, a 40-year-old upscale boutique, filed a claim last week in Superior Court of […]
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Trump to meet at White House with Congressional Black Caucus leaders
Trump to meet at White House with Congressional Black Caucus leaders

Five weeks after inappropriately asking a reporter to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, President Trump has arranged his own face-to-face discussion with the group, whose leaders are scheduled to visit the White House on Wednesday. Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), the caucus chairman, said that he and five executive committee members […]
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Trump takes another shot at quarterback who wouldn’t stand for national anthem
Trump takes another shot at quarterback who wouldn't stand for national anthem

LOUISVILLE — President Trump delivered a stiff arm Monday night to Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who made national headlines last year for kneeling during the national anthem. Kaepernick, now a free agent, has been struggling to get picked up by another team — which Trump relayed to a packed arena here […]
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At Kentucky rally, Trump urges Congress to deal with health care so he can take up taxes and tradeLOUISVILLE — With a key vote expected this week on the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, President Trump sought Monday to bring a heightened urgency to the task: Getting health care off the table, he told a raucous crowd here, will allow him to get on with renegotiating trade deals and cutting taxes. […]
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Full transcript: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Russian interference in 2016 election
Full transcript: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Russian interference in 2016 election

Below is the full transcript from the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.  NUNES: The committee will come to order. I would like to welcome our witnesses, director of the FBI, Jim Comey and director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Rogers. Thank you both for being here today. […]
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Trump used to criticize Obama for golfing. Now the White House is defending his own frequent outings.
Trump used to criticize Obama for golfing. Now the White House is defending his own frequent outings.

President Trump was photographed in golfing attire again over the weekend, but the White House doesn't want to talk much about his proclivity for hitting the links. Trump had been a fierce critic of former president Barack Obama for his frequent outings to the golf course. President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola […]
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Spicer: Just the ‘beginning phase’ of investigating whether Trump Tower was surveilled
Spicer: Just the 'beginning phase' of investigating whether Trump Tower was surveilled

White House press secretary Sean Spicer continued Monday to defend President Trump’s claims that Trump's predecessor ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the presidential election campaign, even as FBI Director James B. Comey testified to Congress that there is “no information” supporting that claim. “We are still at the beginning phase of a look as […]
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Is Trump gutting Meals on Wheels? His budget director says no.Meals on Wheels, the popular nationwide program that provides hot meals to needy seniors, has become a rallying point for critics of President Trump’s proposed budget, which slashes spending on social initiatives to beef up military spending. But on Sunday, the Trump administration answered an emphatic "no" to the question of whether the budget would […]
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Trump stands by wiretapping allegations, tells German leader they have ‘something in common perhaps’President Trump refused to back off his unfounded allegations that former president Barack Obama last year wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower when asked about the subject during a joint news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. After a German reporter asked Trump about the allegations, the president turned to Merkel and said “as […]
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