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First lady Melania Trump visits a Texas child detention center as administration backtracks on harsh policyFirst lady Melania Trump made an unusual visit Thursday to a Texas facility housing migrant children who have been separated from their parents, as the Trump administration backtracks on its harsh enforcement policy for families crossing the border illegally. The visit, which was not announced ahead of time, is another sign that members of President […]
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RNC enters summer 2018 with double the DNC’s monthly fundraising haul
RNC enters summer 2018 with double the DNC's monthly fundraising haul

The Republican National Committee entered the summer with nearly twice the fundraising power of its Democratic counterpart, though Democratic campaigns are on track to receive a massive infusion of cash through a roughly $80 million commitment by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. As the majority of states gear up for 2018 general-election battles, the RNC yet again showed strong fundraising totals, […]
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Trump will meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss immigrationPresident Trump will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss immigration — just days after his off-the-cuff remarks on the issue threw the GOP’s carefully laid strategy into chaos. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and was confirmed by two House Republican aides who requested anonymity ahead of a formal announcement. […]
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Trump again blames Obama for Russian annexation of Crimea, says he may meet Putin in the summerPresident Trump again blamed former president Barack Obama for the Russian annexation of Crimea, saying Obama allowed it to happen when he “gave away” respect for the United States. “President Obama lost Crimea, because President Putin didn't respect President Obama,” Trump said during an impromptu news conference outside the White House. He repeated his point […]
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POW deal with North Korea followed strong lobbying by Defense Department: ‘It’s a humanitarian issue’
POW deal with North Korea followed strong lobbying by Defense Department: 'It's a humanitarian issue'

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivered a joint statement Tuesday seeking a landmark deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. But nestled in the document was a short bullet point that addresses a long-running concern of U.S. veterans groups: the recovery of the remains of thousands of American troops who were killed […]
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Trump, White House advisers blast Canada’s Trudeau in brutal aftermath of G-7 summitPresident Trump left America's closest allies in a state of shock and outrage Sunday after a verbal barrage against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had just hosted Trump and other leaders from the Group of Seven industrial nations. Trump's rhetorical assault on Trudeau, characteristically delivered on Twitter, was echoed by two top White House […]
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In Singapore, a long wait, and then a car carrying a dictator
In Singapore, a long wait, and then a car carrying a dictator

SINGAPORE — A crowd of curious onlookers has gathered beyond the perimeter of the heavily fortified St. Regis Hotel here Sunday afternoon when a gold-colored tour bus with tinted windows pulls up to the curb. Out pop two dozen men in dark business attire. “It's the running guys, in suits!” a girl exclaims. The crowd mummers. […]
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How will President Trump negotiate with North Korea?
How will President Trump negotiate with North Korea?

Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. See all episodes here. As President Trump prepares to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next week, one thing is certain: Expect the unexpected. "Both of these leaders […]
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Sessions defends separating immigrant parents and children: ‘We’ve got to get this message out’
Sessions defends separating immigrant parents and children: ‘We’ve got to get this message out’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a vigorous defense of the hard-line Trump administration policy that has resulted in immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally during a lengthy interview on Tuesday. Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who admitted he was “disturbed” by the separations, pressed Sessions repeatedly about the morality and […]
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Trump to meet with Kim Jong Un at resort hotel off coast of Singapore, White House says
Trump to meet with Kim Jong Un at resort hotel off coast of Singapore, White House says

The White House announced Tuesday that President Trump will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un next week at the Capella hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, just off the southern coast of Singapore. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disclosed the location in a tweet. UPDATE: The venue for the Singapore summit between […]
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Giuliani says Trump probably has the constitutional power to pardon himselfPresident Trump's attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani said Sunday that the president's constitutional powers probably include the ability to pardon himself. But he said such a move would surely incite political blowback and lead to impeachment proceedings. Giuliani, appearing on ABC's “This Week,” was asked about a letter sent by Trump's legal team early this year […]
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Trump says Samantha Bee has ‘no talent,’ asks why she hasn’t been fired
Trump says Samantha Bee has 'no talent,' asks why she hasn't been fired

President Trump on Friday lashed out at Samantha Bee, asking why the comedian who used a vulgar term to describe his daughter had not been fired and saying she has “no talent” and low ratings. “Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?” the president […]
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D’Souza: In relaying pardon, Trump said he wants him to be ‘a bigger voice than ever’
D'Souza: In relaying pardon, Trump said he wants him to be 'a bigger voice than ever'

Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza said Friday that when President Trump called him this week to relay that he was pardoning him, Trump told him that he was “a great voice for freedom” and wanted him to “be a bigger voice than ever.” D’Souza, an author, filmmaker and provocateur who became a cult figure on the […]
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Romney reveals his 2016 choice for president: His wife, Ann
Romney reveals his 2016 choice for president: His wife, Ann

Mitt Romney, whose rocky relationship with President Trump has become an issue as he seeks a Senate seat in Utah, has revealed his choice for commander in chief in the 2016 election: his wife, Ann. Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, had previously said he wouldn’t vote for Trump, whom he called a “fraud” during […]
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‘Nothing that could be more terrifying’: Sarah Sanders chokes up when boy asks her about school shootingsWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders choked back tears Wednesday when a child used an unexpected appearance in the press briefing room to ask what the Trump administration is doing to keep children safe from school shootings. "At my school, we recently had a lockdown drill," the boy began when she called on him […]
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Trump to meet with Japanese prime minister ahead of potential North Korea summit
Trump to meet with Japanese prime minister ahead of potential North Korea summit

President Trump agreed Monday to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to Japanese officials, a chance for Trump and Abe to coordinate their strategy amid concerns in Tokyo over the prospective peace talks. Trump and Abe spoke by phone on Memorial Day as […]
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The tale of the ‘Trump Triers’
The tale of the 'Trump Triers'

Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. See all episodes here. When Washington Post politics reporter Dan Balz began reporting on Trump voters in the Midwest, he encountered a term coined by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.). More and more, Bustos […]
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What to expect in Year Two of the Mueller investigation
What to expect in Year Two of the Mueller investigation

Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. See all episodes here. For Matt Zapotosky, national security reporter with The Washington Post, the first year of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign […]
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Hillary Clinton’s other dream job? To run Facebook.Since her defeat in the 2016 election, speculation has churned about Hillary Clinton and what she set her mind to after losing a second run for the U.S. presidency. On Friday, Clinton indicated that a dream job of hers, at least in the private sector, would be to run a high-profile company: Facebook. Speaking at Harvard University before receiving an […]
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RNC paid nearly half a million dollars to law firm representing Hope Hicks and others in Russia probes
RNC paid nearly half a million dollars to law firm representing Hope Hicks and others in Russia probes

The Republican National Committee paid nearly half a million dollars to a law firm that represents former White House communications director Hope Hicks and others in the Russia investigations, according to a new federal filing. The RNC's $451,780 payment to Trout Cacheris & Janis adds to the mounting legal fees associated with the investigations by […]
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Trump says he will call for Justice Department to probe whether FBI surveilled his campaign for ‘political purposes’Responding to a demand by President Trump on Twitter, the Justice Department on Sunday asked its inspector general to review whether there was any political motivation behind the FBI's investigation of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election — a remarkable step that officials hope might avert a larger clash […]
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Melania Trump released from hospital, returns to White House in ‘high spirits’
Melania Trump released from hospital, returns to White House in 'high spirits'

First lady Melania Trump was released from the hospital Saturday morning, after undergoing a kidney procedure earlier in the week, and returned to the White House “in high spirits,” an aide said. Trump, who spent five nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, was “resting comfortably,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications […]
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Trump to nominate acting Veterans Affairs secretary Robert Wilkie to be the agency’s permanent leader
Trump to nominate acting Veterans Affairs secretary Robert Wilkie to be the agency's permanent leader

President Trump on Friday nominated the Department of Veterans Affairs’ acting secretary, Robert Wilkie, as its permanent leader, choosing a Washington insider to restore confidence in an agency roiled by political infighting. Wilkie, 55, is an officer in the Air Force Reserve who has worked on Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon under two presidents. […]
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Giuliani: Trump doesn’t know ‘for sure’ that there was an FBI informant in his campaign
Giuliani: Trump doesn't know 'for sure' that there was an FBI informant in his campaign

President Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani said Friday that he has been told “off the record” that there was at least one informant for the FBI or Justice Department embedded in Trump's presidential campaign, but he admitted that he and the president do not know whether that's true. Trump alleged in a Thursday morning tweet that during the Obama […]
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Mueller investigation enters Year Two: What comes next — and how it could endSpecial counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election turns a year old on Thursday. In 365 days, Mueller's team has charged 19 people, as well as three companies, and secured five guilty pleas. He is showing no signs of slowing down. The milestone […]
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Trump suggests Justice Department investigate Oakland’s Democratic mayor for tipping off immigrantsPresident Trump referred to some undocumented immigrants as “animals” on Wednesday and suggested the Justice Department investigate the Democratic mayor of Oakland, Calif., for her role in tipping off the community about an impending federal enforcement raid in February. Trump said Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to inform residents of Oakland ahead of the Immigration and […]
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The president is backing out of the Iran nuclear deal. Will the ‘Trump Doctrine’ work?
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Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. See all episodes here. When President Trump announced his plans to back out of the Iran nuclear deal, The Washington Post's State Department reporter John Hudson had an immediate reaction: It was a classic Trump […]
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Midterms and Trump: What to look for as we enter primary season
Midterms and Trump: What to look for as we enter primary season

As midterm primary elections heat up around the country, there are looming questions. Which races are critical to watch? What are the strategies of Democrats and Republicans wrestling over control of Congress? And what does the state of the midterm season say about President Trump and his effect on the political landscape of the country? On […]
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Trump reaches out to Otto Warmbier’s family, offers support ahead of North Korea summit
Trump reaches out to Otto Warmbier's family, offers support ahead of North Korea summit

President Trump spoke Friday with the parents of American college student Otto Warmbier, who last summer died after 17 months in captivity in North Korea, offering emotional support ahead of his planned summit with dictator Kim Jong Un. The president offered a warm message to the family during their conversation, according to sources familiar with […]
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White House announces summit with South Korean leader ahead of planned meeting with North Korea
White House announces summit with South Korean leader ahead of planned meeting with North Korea

President Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House later this month as part of preparations for the planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said Friday. The May 22 meeting “affirms the enduring strength of the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and the […]
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