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RNC taps legal account to help pay for President Trump’s lawyers in Russia probes
RNC taps legal account to help pay for President Trump's lawyers in Russia probes

The decision to tap the legal account comes after RNC officials debated this summer whether the funds could be used to help defray the costs related to the Russia probes.
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In U.N. speech, Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy North Korea’ and calls Kim Jong Un ‘Rocket Man’NEW YORK — President Trump warned the United Nations in a speech Tuesday that the world faces “great peril” from rogue regimes with powerful weapons and terrorists with expanding reach across the globe, and called on fellow leaders to join the United States in the fight to defeat what he called failed or murderous ideologies […]
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Trump says he wants a massive military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue on July 4President Trump's trip to France for the country's Bastille Day parade in July left a big impression. So big, in fact, that he wants to replicate the experience back home. As Trump met Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, the commander in chief gushed about seeing France's military might on display in the streets of […]
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A 20th charity could cancel on Mar-a-Lago today. Catch up on that story with our Q&A.In the last month — since President Trump said there were “fine people” among those marching in a violence-plagued “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville — the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida has been deserted by 19 charities that planned to use its ballrooms for fundraisers. On Monday, another charity's board will decide whether it should […]
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Pence poaches House Freedom Caucus spokeswoman as new press secretary
Pence poaches House Freedom Caucus spokeswoman as new press secretary

Vice President Pence has hired Alyssa Farah, the spokeswoman for the House Freedom Caucus, as his new press secretary, his office confirmed. Farah will replace Marc Lotter, who came to Washington with Pence after serving as a longtime aide in Indiana, where Pence was governor. Lotter will remain in his post until the end of […]
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Trump pushes reform in United Nations debut, calls for ‘changing business as usual’NEW YORK — President Trump called on the United Nations to enact reforms to the world body, pledging Monday in his debut here at the annual General Assembly meetings that he and his administration will be “partners in your work.” Speaking at the opening session of the four-day conference, Trump said the organization founded in […]
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French president will try to persuade Trump to remain in Iran deal, reconsider Paris climate exitFrance's top diplomat warned against withdrawal from global engagement “out of fear or selfishness” and said French President Emmanuel Macron will try to persuade President Trump to remain a party to the international nuclear deal with Iran when the two leaders meet later Monday. France will also renew the case for Trump to reconsider his […]
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McMaster says no redo on Paris climate deal decisionNational security adviser H.R. McMaster denied Sunday that President Trump is reconsidering his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord but said the door remains open to a better agreement down the road. “That's a false report,” McMaster said of published reports over the weekend that the administration might not pull out […]
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In a tweet, Trump sticks North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with a nickname: ‘Rocket Man’
In a tweet, Trump sticks North Korea's Kim Jong Un with a nickname: 'Rocket Man'

NEW YORK — President Trump is calling Kim Jong Un names — the “Rocket Man.” The president stuck the moniker on the North Korea dictator in a Sunday morning tweet ahead of Trump's scheduled arrival here in the evening for the U.N. General Assembly, the annual gathering of more than 120 world leaders. I spoke […]
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Trump to campaign with Luther Strange in U.S. Senate race in Alabama
Trump to campaign with Luther Strange in U.S. Senate race in Alabama

President Trump is putting his political capital on the line in a big way in Alabama's closely contested Senate race. The president, who has previously endorsed Sen. Luther Strange (R), said he will travel to Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 23 to campaign with him just days before a Republican primary runoff election for the seat […]
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Trump: ESPN has ‘bad programming’ and losing viewers after anchor’s attack on him
Trump: ESPN has 'bad programming' and losing viewers after anchor's attack on him

President Trump lashed out at ESPN on Friday, saying the sports network had “bad programming” and was losing viewers following an anchor’s denunciations of him earlier this week. The president also called for an apology. Trump’s latest barrage against the media, via Twitter, came in the wake of a tweet on Monday by “SportsCenter” host […]
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Watchdog groups sought presidential visitor logs for Mar-a-Lago. They finally got a response — 22 names.Earlier this year, three watchdog groups made a formal public-records request for all “presidential visitors” at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's busy Palm Beach social club where he has stayed seven times this year. When the government didn't respond, the groups sued. On Friday, the U.S. government provided its official answer: The list had just 22 names, all from […]
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Trump’s FEC nominee has questioned the value of disclosing political donors
Trump's FEC nominee has questioned the value of disclosing political donors

The Texas lawyer appeared to erroneously suggest that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision endorsed anonymous political contributions.
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Citing London terrorist attack, Trump calls for expansion of his travel ban
Citing London terrorist attack, Trump calls for expansion of his travel ban

President Trump weighed in Friday on an attack in London by a “loser terrorist” and used the episode to call for an expansion of his travel ban that has temporarily blocked entry into the United States for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries. “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and […]
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Can Trump continue to work with Democrats without losing the support of his base?
Can Trump continue to work with Democrats without losing the support of his base?

Last week, Trump reached an unexpected debt ceiling deal with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — two top Democrats. Trump then had dinner with Schumer and Pelosi Wednesday night, after which the two Democratic leaders announced a major agreement with the president that would ensure protections […]
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Trump says recent antifa violence justifies his condemnation of both sides in CharlottesvillePresident Trump on Thursday condemned the violence by the anti-fascist protest movement known as “antifa,” saying their tactics around the country have proved him right for denouncing bad actors on both sides of the racially charged clashes with white supremacists in Charlottesville last month. Trump said he explained his views on antifa to Sen. Tim […]
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Trump’s die-hard supporters are fuming after an apparent about-face on ‘dreamers’
Trump’s die-hard supporters are fuming after an apparent about-face on ‘dreamers’

Staunch conservative allies of President Trump have erupted in anger and incredulity after Democrats late Wednesday announced that the president had agreed to pursue a legislative deal that would protect thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation but not secure Trump’s signature campaign promise: building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Nearing midnight and […]
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Trump will sign bipartisan resolution condemning Charlottesville violence, White House says
Trump will sign bipartisan resolution condemning Charlottesville violence, White House says

President Trump will sign a bipartisan congressional resolution condemning hate groups and racially motivated violence in Charlottesville, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday. “Absolutely, and he looks forward to doing so as soon as he receives it,” Sanders said. Trump was widely criticized for equivocating about blame for violence that killed a […]
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White House: ESPN’s Jemele Hill should be fired for calling Trump a ‘white supremacist’White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday struck back at ESPN host Jemele Hill for referring to President Trump as a “white supremacist,” calling the comment “outrageous” and saying she should lose her job. Asked about Hill's tweets Monday evening, in which the sportscaster also said Trump's rise was “the direct result of […]
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White House says Trump will work with Democratic leaders but he’s ‘a Republican’
White House says Trump will work with Democratic leaders but he's 'a Republican'

President Trump has invited Senate Democratic leader Charles E. Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to the White House on Wednesday evening, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, but she dismissed the notion that the president has found Democrats to be better friends than members of his own party. “The president is a Republican,” Sanders […]
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Trump nominates conservative Texas lawyer to Federal Election Commission
Trump nominates conservative Texas lawyer to Federal Election Commission

James “Trey” E. Trainor III fought efforts to require politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors.
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Trump cheers long-shot Senate effort to revisit Obamacare repeal
Trump cheers long-shot Senate effort to revisit Obamacare repeal

President Trump praised a long-shot Senate effort Wednesday to take another crack at eliminating the Affordable Care Act. “I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people,” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. He was referring to a proposal from Republican Sens. […]
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Trump goads Congress over forthcoming tax cut plan: ‘Move fast!’
Trump goads Congress over forthcoming tax cut plan: 'Move fast!'

President Trump goaded Congress on Wednesday to “move fast” on what he called the “biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country,” a swipe at Republicans divided over the scope and mechanics of a deal still in the works.   The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax […]
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Trump tweets he will visit hurricane-damaged Florida on ThursdayPresident Trump says he plans to travel to Florida on Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Trump's announcement on Twitter did not include details of where in the state he plans to go. The White House had earlier said Trump planned to visit Florida to survey damage from the hurricane that destroyed some parts of […]
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Trusted Trump aide Hope Hicks named White House communications director
Trusted Trump aide Hope Hicks named White House communications director

Hope Hicks, a longtime adviser to President Trump, was formally named his top communications adviser Tuesday. Hicks has served as interim communications director since the abrupt departure of Anthony Scaramucci from the post last month. She will now hold the title in full, putting her among the highest-ranking women in Trump's White House. Hicks was […]
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White House spokeswoman: Justice Department ‘should certainly look at’ prosecuting ComeyThe Justice Department should consider prosecuting former FBI director James B. Comey for actions that “were improper and likely could have been illegal,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday. “I think if there's ever a moment where we feel someone's broken the law, particularly if they're the head of the FBI, I […]
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President Trump welcomes a new grandchild, his ninth
President Trump welcomes a new grandchild, his ninth

President Trump welcomed a new grandchild Tuesday, a baby boy born to Trump's son Eric Trump and daughter-in-law Lara Trump. “Congratulations to Eric & Lara on the birth of their son, Eric “Luke” Trump this morning!” the president wrote on Twitter. Congratulations to Eric & Lara on the birth of their son, Eric "Luke" Trump this morning! […]
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Ex-White House adviser Bannon still wielding influence, at least at the White House briefing
Ex-White House adviser Bannon still wielding influence, at least at the White House briefing

After the fifth question in a row about former adviser Stephen K. Bannon during Monday's White House news briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was mildly annoyed. “I think we may be answering more questions on Steve Bannon, now that he's not here, than when he was,” she said. “But go ahead.” Five more questions […]
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At White House and Pentagon, Trump marks 16th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacksPresident Trump said Monday that terrorists have “nowhere to hide” as he marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. “These are horrible, horrible enemies — enemies like we've never seen before,” Trump said during remarks at the Pentagon. “But we're ensuring they never again have a […]
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McCain, battling cancer, acknowledges challenges but says he has had ‘a wonderful life’
McCain, battling cancer, acknowledges challenges but says he has had 'a wonderful life'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), battling brain cancer, reflected on a life well lived in an emotional interview Sunday, saying he was “very happy” with his 81 years so far and noting, “Every life has to end, one way or another.” Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN's “State of the Union,” McCain offered an optimistic update […]
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