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White House offers muddled message on Russia sanctions legislation
White House offers muddled message on Russia sanctions legislation

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday that the Trump administration supports new legislation to punish Russia for its meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its aggression toward Ukraine. Speaking on ABC's “This Week,” Sanders, who on Friday was promoted to press secretary after Sean Spicer unexpectedly resigned, said that despite opposing […]
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In tweet storm, Trump decries ‘illegal leaks’ and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon
In tweet storm, Trump decries 'illegal leaks' and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon

NORFOLK — A defiant President Trump unleashed a flurry of nearly a dozen tweets Saturday morning, asserting that he has the “complete power to pardon” aides, family members and possibly even himself — an apparent response to the special counsel’s widening Russia probe — and decrying “illegal leaks” in the “FAKE NEWS.” The president also lashed out […]
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White House taps new acting ethics chief, elevating general counsel over chief of staff
White House taps new acting ethics chief, elevating general counsel over chief of staff

The White House elevated the agency's general counsel, David J. Apol, over the chief of staff Shelley K. Finlayson, who was the designated successor to former director Walter M. Shaub Jr.
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Will Trump bring back American manufacturing jobs?
Will Trump bring back American manufacturing jobs?

The White House declared this week “Made in America” week, a distinction to promote one of President Trump’s most prominent campaign promises: We'll produce more goods in this country to keep manufacturing jobs in America. Much of Trump’s success in the 2016 election has been attributed to his effective communication of this economic message and his […]
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During ‘Made in America Week,’ President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club applies to hire 70 foreign workers
During 'Made in America Week,' President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club applies to hire 70 foreign workers

President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida has asked permission to hire 70 foreign workers this fall, attesting — in the middle of the White House's “Made in America Week” — that it cannot find qualified Americans to serve as cooks, waiters and housekeepers. Those requests were made to the Department of Labor in recent days […]
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22 million more Americans would be left uninsured under revised version of Senate Republicans’ withdrawn health-care bill, CBO saysIn their latest assessment of Senate Republican’s attempts to rewrite the Affordable Care Act, congressional budget analysts say a plan that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pulled from consideration earlier this week would increase the ranks of the uninsured by 22 million a decade from now — the same as a previous bill version. […]
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Trump blasts AG Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe
Trump blasts AG Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe

President Trump harshly criticized his attorney general and one of his most loyal supporters, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, indicating that he regretted the choice. In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, Trump vented about the probe and said that he would not […]
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Trump says he exchanged ‘pleasantries,’ talked adoptions with Putin at G-20 dinnerPresident Trump said Wednesday that he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for about 15 minutes at a dinner during the G-20 summit earlier this month, giving the first indication of what topics the two discussed during the previously undisclosed meeting. In an interview with the New York Times, Trump said that he and Putin […]
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Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer
Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

The office for the 80-year-old McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008 and a U.S. senator representing Arizona since 1987, released a statement from the Mayo Clinic announcing that, after undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last week, “Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor […]
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Pork barrel spending on the rise in Congress, watchdog group says
Pork barrel spending on the rise in Congress, watchdog group says

Despite declaring a moratorium on pork-barrel spending more than five years ago, members of Congress secured 163 earmarks in the 2017 federal budget worth $6.8 billion, according to a new report by Citizens Against Government Waste. Spending on the special projects — often requested by a single member of Congress for companies and organizations in […]
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Supreme Court: Administration may enforce refugee ban, but must broaden family exemptions for travelers from six majority-Muslim countriesThe justices allowed the refugee ban to be enforced for now, but they said that the Trump ban must allow broader exemptions for family members, including grandparents. The justices in a short order refused the administration’s request that they stay a lower court’s decision that said the Trump administration had too severely interpreted the court’s decision […]
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2 more Senate Republicans declare opposition to health-care bill, ending effort to overhaul health system for nowSens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued statements saying they would not vote for the revamped measure. They joined Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), who also oppose it. With just 52 seats, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes to pass their proposed rewrite of the Affordable Care Act. […]
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Trump wishes ‘crusty’ Sen. John McCain a speedy recovery: ‘We need his vote’President Trump and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) haven't always had the warmest relationship. But as the senator recovers from surgery that will keep him out of Washington for at least a week, the president offered his well wishes — if only because he'll need McCain's vote to pass the Senate's health-care bill. “We hope John McCain […]
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Trump pushes ‘Made in America’ as White House defends Trump companies making products overseasPresident Trump wants more products to be stamped with “Made in America” again, but on Monday, the White House wouldn't say he was willing to apply that standard to the products sold by his companies or those of his daughter Ivanka Trump. To launch “Made in America” week, President Trump showcased products made in all […]
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President’s lawyer insists nothing ‘nefarious’ in Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians
President's lawyer insists nothing 'nefarious' in Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians

A senior member of President Trump's personal legal team said Sunday that there was nothing improper in the meeting that Donald Trump Jr., the president's oldest son, took with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. “I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” […]
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White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas
White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas

PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — President Trump, whose company outsources the manufacturing of many of its products to overseas factories, is unveiling “Made in America” week at the White House to promote products made in the United States. In keeping with the “America First” theme of Trump's inauguration, the administration will highlight U.S. manufacturing in the coming week, the latest […]
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Trump defends his son — drawing a contrast with Clinton — and says media are ‘distorting democracy’
Trump defends his son — drawing a contrast with Clinton — and says media are ‘distorting democracy’

PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — President Trump defended his son Donald Trump Jr., contrasting his Russia meeting with Hillary Clinton's deleted emails, and accused the news media of “DISTORTING DEMOCRACY” in a series of angry statements issued early Sunday. Tweeting from his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is spending the weekend, Trump lashed out […]
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Trump campaign paid firm of lawyer representing Trump Jr. before emails were made public
Trump campaign paid firm of lawyer representing Trump Jr. before emails were made public

President Trump’s campaign committee made a payment to the law firm of an attorney representing Donald Trump Jr. last month, nearly two weeks before it was announced that the same attorney would be representing the president's son in Russia-related probes, according to a campaign finance report filed Saturday. The committee reported in the filing to the […]
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Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer: Opposition research or something worse?
Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer: Opposition research or something worse?

The center of the news cycle this week hasn’t quite been the president himself, but instead his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr. We delve deep into Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer and his subsequent release of emails that led to said meeting. The meeting and those emails raise some questions that are integral […]
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What exactly is going on with Donald Trump Jr.?In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week. Another bombshell in the growing scandal surrounding President Trump and Russia landed early this week. On Tuesday, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. released an email exchange with him and and a publicist who told him that a Russian lawyer […]
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Excerpts from Trump’s conversation with reporters on Air Force One
Excerpts from Trump’s conversation with reporters on Air Force One

Following are excerpts released by the White House from a conversation between President Trump and reporters aboard Air Force One late Wednesday night en route to Paris from Washington. The White House initially declared the discussion off the record, but later changed the terms of publication. 9:15 P.M. EDT On the visit to France:  Q: When […]
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Was Jim wrong? Trump backs off his claim that ‘Paris is no longer Paris’
Was Jim wrong? Trump backs off his claim that 'Paris is no longer Paris'

PARIS — As President Trump  prepared to travel to the City of Light this week, this question came up: What does Jim think? Some background: On the campaign trail, Trump would occasionally mention his friend Jim, who used to go to Paris every summer with his wife and family but stopped because “Paris is no longer […]
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President Trump defends son’s meeting with Russian lawyerPresident Trump again defended his son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian attorney last year during the campaign, saying in a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday that “zero” improprieties occurred in a meeting that “most people would have taken.” “As far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful […]
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‘I think many people would have held that meeting,’ Trump says of son’s huddle with Russian lawyer
'I think many people would have held that meeting,' Trump says of son's huddle with Russian lawyer

President Trump said Wednesday that he was not aware of his son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer but that he does not blame him for the ensuing controversy, which has thrust the White House back into a cloud of questions surrounding the Trump campaign's interactions with Russia in 2016. “I think […]
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President says Donald Trump Jr. is ‘open, transparent and innocent’
President says Donald Trump Jr. is ‘open, transparent and innocent’

President Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defense of his eldest son days after revelations surfaced regarding Donald Trump Jr.’s arrangement of a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer said to have damaging information on Democrat Hillary Clinton.  Taking to Twitter early in the morning, the president praised Trump Jr.’s performance Tuesday night during a […]
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Donald Trump Jr. tweets entire exchange that led to controversial 2016 meeting with Russian lawyerThe emails show that the eldest Trump son was aware that he was meeting with a Russian with ties to the government, and he responded favorably when offered “sensitive information” that could help his father's campaign. This is a developing story. It will be updated.
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Trump defends his daughter Ivanka’s breach of diplomatic protocolPresident Trump used his favorite megaphone — Twitter — to defend his daughter Ivanka on Monday morning for a breach of diplomatic protocol at the Group of 20 summit this weekend. Though Trump's oldest daughter has repeatedly said she tries to steer clear of politics, she found herself thrust into a political maelstrom Saturday when […]
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Trump accuses Comey of illegally leaking classified informationPresident Trump accused former FBI director James B. Comey of illegally leaking classified information to the media, part of an angry, early morning tweet storm Monday as the president faces new allegations about his 2016 campaign's contact with the Russians. “James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media,” Trump wrote, referring to the FBI director […]
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Trump vows to ‘move forward in working constructively with Russia’ after Putin denied election hacking
Trump vows to ‘move forward in working constructively with Russia’ after Putin denied election hacking

President Trump vowed Sunday to “move forward in working constructively with Russia,” including forming a cybersecurity unit between the two countries, after Russian President Vladimir Putin denied any interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Trump's pledge to partner with Putin on cybersecurity drew swift and stern denunciations from both Democratic and Republican officials, who described the U.S. president as dangerously naive for trusting […]
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Ivanka Trump takes her father’s seat at world leaders’ table during a G-20 meeting
Ivanka Trump takes her father's seat at world leaders' table during a G-20 meeting

HAMBURG — President Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump has an expansive portfolio in her father's administration. But on Saturday, she literally took his seat at the table at the Group of 20 summit. The first daughter was spotted slipping into Trump's seat at a working session on “Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health,” putting […]
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