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Watchdog group files complaint against Trump campaign over reported payout to Stormy Daniels
Watchdog group files complaint against Trump campaign over reported payout to Stormy Daniels
The confidentiality settlement reportedly paid to an adult-film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump years before he became president may have violated campaign finance laws, a watchdog group alleged Monday. In a pair of federal complaints, Common Cause, a nonprofit government watchdog group, argued that the settlement amounted to an unreported in-kind contribution to […]
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In campaign ad, Trump says Democrats are ‘complicit’ in crimes by illegal immigrants
In campaign ad, Trump says Democrats are ‘complicit’ in crimes by illegal immigrants
President Trump released a provocative campaign ad Saturday charging Democrats with being “complicit” in killings by immigrants who are in the country illegally. The 30-second online spot posted to YouTube came on the first day of a partial federal government shutdown caused in part by Congress's disagreement over immigration policy. The ad, on the first […]
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In Cairo, Pence praises the friendship and partnership between the U.S. and Egypt
In Cairo, Pence praises the friendship and partnership between the U.S. and Egypt
CAIRO — On Saturday, the first day of the federal government shutdown, Vice President Pence arrived here in the late afternoon to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, whom he praised and repeatedly called a “friend” of the United States. The leaders spent roughly four hours together and delivered brief statements before a small group […]
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Trump to meet with British prime minister next week in Swiss Alps
Trump to meet with British prime minister next week in Swiss Alps
President Trump plans to meet next week with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the White House announced Friday. “President Trump looks forward to having a bilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister May in Davos next week to further strengthen the US-UK Special Relationship,” White […]
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Trump’s inauguration speech, one year later
Trump’s inauguration speech, one year later
Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores the powers and limitations of the American presidency, answering the critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. Explore past episodes here. On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States and delivered […]
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Pence urges Democrats to vote for short-term spending bill and worry about DACA later
Pence urges Democrats to vote for short-term spending bill and worry about DACA later
Vice President Pence said Thursday afternoon that congressional Democrats need to “set politics aside” and vote for a short-term spending bill so government can avoid shutting down. He promised that a key sticking point in negotiations — finding a solution for “dreamers,” the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children — can then be addressed […]
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Adult-film star reportedly spoke to journalist in 2016 about Trump settlement, fearing he wouldn’t pay up
Adult-film star reportedly spoke to journalist in 2016 about Trump settlement, fearing he wouldn’t pay up
An adult-film star who was reportedly paid to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Donald Trump a decade before he became president spoke to a journalist because she feared he would not pay up, according to a new account. Stephanie Clifford, whose professional name is Stormy Daniels, spoke to the online magazine Slate multiple […]
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On MLK Day, President Trump visits Trump golf course
On MLK Day, President Trump visits Trump golf course
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump's first stop Monday was Trump International Golf Club, apparently beginning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with golf rather than the charitable service the slain civil rights leader's family has urged as the best way to memorialize him. The morning after declaring “I'm not a racist,” Trump began his […]
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Trump says ‘I’m not a racist’ and denies ‘shithole countries’ remark
Trump says ‘I’m not a racist’ and denies ‘shithole countries’ remark
PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump said Sunday that he is “not a racist” and denied that he had used the term “shithole countries” to describe Haiti and some African nations. “No, I'm not a racist,” he told reporters. “I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed.” Trump spoke before having dinner with House […]
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How a man’s first-ever tweet, about Obama’s respect, proved more popular than Trump’s bluster
How a man’s first-ever tweet, about Obama’s respect, proved more popular than Trump’s bluster
Donald Trump sent the 2,559th tweet of his presidency on Saturday. Like many before, it was combative and vague and quite popular. “So much Fake News is being reported,” Trump wrote — perhaps referring to reports that he had complained of immigrants from “shithole countries,” or perhaps rebutting the previous night’s NBC News report that he once called a career intelligence analyst a “pretty Korean lady.” The […]
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White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump as saying he has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un
White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump as saying he has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un
PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump claimed Sunday that the Wall Street Journal deliberately misquoted him as saying that he probably has a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The White House is disputing the newspaper's report that Trump, in an interview last week with several Journal reporters, said he has a […]
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Trump ‘cancels’ London visit to dedicate new U.S. Embassy, citing ‘bad deal’ to sell and relocate building
Trump ‘cancels’ London visit to dedicate new U.S. Embassy, citing ‘bad deal’ to sell and relocate building
President Trump said he has called off a planned ceremonial visit to Britain because he didn’t want to be associated with what he called a bad real estate deal in which the U.S. Embassy is being relocated from central London to “an off location.” In a Twitter message shortly before midnight Thursday, Trump implicitly rejected […]
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Treasury secretary says new Iran sanctions are coming as administration faces another deadline on nuclear deal
Treasury secretary says new Iran sanctions are coming as administration faces another deadline on nuclear deal
The Trump administration said Thursday that it plans additional sanctions on Iran that are separate from those covered under the international nuclear deal with Iran, an indication that President Trump is unlikely to break the 2015 deal now. The president's top national security advisers met with Trump on Thursday afternoon at the White House ahead of […]
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Vice President Pence will lead U.S. delegation to Olympics in South Korea
Vice President Pence will lead U.S. delegation to Olympics in South Korea
President Trump informed South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Vice President Pence would attend the games in PyeongChang. Moon provided an update on recent talks between South Korea and North Korea, a White House statement said. “The two leaders underscored the importance of continuing the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea. President Trump expressed his openness […]
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Trump urges Congress to pass ‘bill of love’ to protect ‘dreamers’ but reiterates demand for border wall
Trump urges Congress to pass ‘bill of love’ to protect ‘dreamers’ but reiterates demand for border wall
President Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Tuesday in an effort to revive stalled talks over immigration, urging them to pass a “bill of love” to protect some undocumented immigrants from deportation. Trump expressed confidence that a deal over the fate of the “dreamers” — people who arrived […]
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Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland, a gathering synonymous with wealth and power
Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland, a gathering synonymous with wealth and power
President Trump will address the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this month, the White House said Tuesday, a startling decision that will bring the unorthodox U.S. leader face to face with global elites who have been Trump's fierce critics and frequent foils. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump will use the […]
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Mitt Romney was ‘treated successfully’ for prostate cancer
Mitt Romney was ‘treated successfully’ for prostate cancer
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who is preparing for a possible Senate campaign in Utah, was treated for prostate cancer last summer, two people close to Romney said Monday. “Last year, Governor Mitt Romney was diagnosed with slow-growing prostate cancer,” a Romney aide said in a statement. “The cancer was removed surgically and found not […]
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Pence reschedules Middle East trip for late January, adds stop in Jordan
Pence reschedules Middle East trip for late January, adds stop in Jordan
Vice President Pence's office has announced new dates for his delayed trip to the Middle East: Jan. 19-23. Pence was originally scheduled to travel the week before Christmas, but postponed the trip so he could remain in Washington in case his vote was needed to pass tax legislation. At the time, White House aides insisted the […]
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White House adviser Stephen Miller calls Bannon an ‘angry, vindictive person’ over comments in Wolff book
White House adviser Stephen Miller calls Bannon an ‘angry, vindictive person’ over comments in Wolff book
Stephen Miller, President Trump's top policy adviser, on Sunday eviscerated former White House colleague Stephen K. Bannon over comments attributed to him in a new book, calling him an “angry, vindictive person” whose “grotesque comments are so out of touch with reality.” Miller said the “whole White House staff is deeply disappointed in his comments” in […]
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Trump says he’s open to talks with North Korea, hopes rogue nation participates in Winter Olympics
Trump says he’s open to talks with North Korea, hopes rogue nation participates in Winter Olympics
President Trump on Saturday said he remains open to direct talks with North Korea's regime over its nuclear program and added that he hopes the rogue Asian nation participates in the Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea next month. “Sure, I always believe in talking,” Trump said during a news conference at Camp […]
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Trump boasts that he’s ‘like, really smart’ and a ‘very stable genius’ amid questions over his mental fitness
Trump boasts that he’s ‘like, really smart’ and a ‘very stable genius’ amid questions over his mental fitness
President Trump lashed out again at a new book that suggests top White House aides fear that he is unfit for the job, calling the book "a work of fiction" and declaring that libel laws are too weak. "It's a disgrace that he can do something like this," Trump said of the book, "Fire and Fury: […]
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Mercer issues rare public rebuke of former ally Bannon
Mercer issues rare public rebuke of former ally Bannon
Stephen K. Bannon's main financial backer is formally cutting ties with the former Trump adviser. In a new statement Thursday, billionaire conservative donor Rebekah Mercer said that she has not spoken to Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, in many months and that she continues to support President Trump. "I support President Trump and […]
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Trump calls for ‘bipartisan’ immigration deal for ‘dreamers’ but reiterates demand for border wall
Trump calls for ‘bipartisan’ immigration deal for ‘dreamers’ but reiterates demand for border wall
President Trump on Thursday called on Congress to deliver a bipartisan deal to ensure that some younger undocumented immigrants can remain in the country without fear of deportation, but he maintained his demand for a border wall and cuts to legal immigration channels that Democrats have opposed. “I think it can be bipartisan,” Trump said […]
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Trump on Bannon compliment: ‘He changed his tune pretty quick’
Trump on Bannon compliment: ‘He changed his tune pretty quick’
President Trump spoke publicly Thursday about his nasty feud with former senior aide Stephen K. Bannon, noting that the Breitbart News executive had praised him on a radio show a night earlier. “He called me a 'great man' last night,” Trump told reporters at the White House, ahead of a meeting with Republican senators on immigration. […]
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Trump making plans to attend Georgia-Alabama college football championship
Trump making plans to attend Georgia-Alabama college football championship
President Trump is reportedly making plans to attend the college football national championship game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama on Monday night in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that local law enforcement is working with the Secret Service to prepare for Trump's arrival at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. First lady Melania […]
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Former DHS secretaries Chertoff, Napolitano and Johnson warn Congress over ‘dreamers’ deadline
Former DHS secretaries Chertoff, Napolitano and Johnson warn Congress over ‘dreamers’ deadline
A trio of bipartisan former Homeland Security secretaries is warning Congress that time is quickly running out for a legislative solution to protect nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” from possible deportation. President Trump has set a March 5 deadline for Congress to act before the bulk of work permits provided under an […]
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Lawyer claims donations fall far short of high costs of defamation suit against Trump
Lawyer claims donations fall far short of high costs of defamation suit against Trump
Facing questions about how a defamation suit against President Trump is being funded, a lawyer for plaintiff Summer R. Zervos has issued a statement saying that the Internet fundraising appeal she has hosted on her website has brought in only a fraction of what it will take to pursue the case. “To date the fund has received […]
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Trump to North Korean leader Kim: My ‘Nuclear Button’ is ‘much bigger & more powerful’
Trump to North Korean leader Kim: My ‘Nuclear Button’ is ‘much bigger & more powerful’
President Trump escalated his war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday evening, asserting that his "nuclear button" is "much bigger & more powerful" than the North Korean leader's and threatening that the U.S. arsenal "works." Trump was responding to Kim's annual New Year's Day speech on Monday, during which the North Korean leader boasted […]
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Trump threatens to cut off U.S. aid to Palestinians over Jerusalem row
Trump threatens to cut off U.S. aid to Palestinians over Jerusalem row
President Trump threatened Tuesday to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority amid a backlash over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that has threatened to undermine potential peace talks in the Middle East. In a pair of tweets, Trump said the Palestinians show “no appreciation or […]
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Trump urges Justice Department to ‘act’ on Comey, suggests Huma Abedin should face jail time
Trump urges Justice Department to ‘act’ on Comey, suggests Huma Abedin should face jail time
President Trump on Tuesday appeared to suggest that Huma Abedin, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton, should face jail time, days after the State Department posted emails found on her estranged husband’s computer that included confidential government information. In a tweet, Trump also urged the Justice Department to act in prosecuting Abedin and former […]
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