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Bannon scorns media in rare public appearance at CPAC – video
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The White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, made a rare public appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, in which he taunted the media for supposedly misrepresenting Donald Trump and his first month in office. Bannon, who has rarely appeared in public since joining Trump’s White House, said the administration would continue […]

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Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump
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After the election, Democrats debated whether to confront the president or seek compromise, but riled-up liberals have pushed party leaders into an all-out fight.

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Why Immigrant Students Are Changing Their Minds About Janet Napolitano
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When Janet Napolitano was named president of the University of California over three years ago, her appointment provoked impassioned protests by students and others upset about her role as head of the Department of Homeland Security overseeing the deportation of more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. At the July 2013 board of regents meeting when […]

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‘Greatest threat to democracy’: Commander of bin Laden raid criticizes Trump in speech
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William H. McRaven, a retired four-star admiral and former Navy SEAL, called President Trump’s denunciation of the media as “the enemy of the American people” the “greatest threat to democracy” he’s seen in his lifetime during a speech at UT-Austin’s Moody College of Communication.

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Trump Embraces ‘Enemy of the People,’ a Phrase With a Fraught History
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It is unclear if the president is aware of the historic resonance of the label, but his use of it has left some historians scratching their heads.

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Trump: Deportations 'a military operation'
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President Donald Trump, meeting with business leaders at the White House on Thursday, described his administration’s moves to deport undocumented immigrants as a “military operation,” a label that runs counter to what his administration has previously said.

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Yes, liberals are planning town hall protests. It's called democracy | Ben Wikler
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Donald Trump sneered at ‘angry crowds’ holding politicians to account. That’s exactly what we’re doing – and we’re only just getting started Americans are flooding into town halls across the country. Fearful that their country is being torn apart, they are turning out to protest their representatives in record numbers. Clearly, the furious crowds have […]

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I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House
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In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country stands for. I am a hijab-wearing Muslim woman––I was the only hijabi in the West Wing––and the Obama administration always […]

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The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism
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Tucker Carlson is selling me hard on the swamp. It is an unseasonably warm afternoon in late January, and we are seated at a corner table in Monocle, an upscale Capitol Hill eatery frequented by the Fox News star. (Carlson, who typically skips breakfast and spends dinnertime on the air, is a fan of the […]

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What has Trump done so far and how can he…
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Publisher of the History News Network and an Associate Professor of History at George Mason University, Richard Shenkman reflects on the president’s first month in office and discusses what he hopes to hear during Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday. Read more

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About New York: Law-Abiding but Illegal, and Fearing the New Trump Rules
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Immigrants in New York, anxious about the possibility of deportation, arrive before dawn for a legal clinic offered by Catholic Charities.

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The sanctity of trade statistics
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MIGHT Donald Trump’s promise to shake up America’s trade policy extend to its statistics? According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, discussions are afoot on changing the way trade figures are tallied. The Bureau of Economic Analysis, the country’s main statistical body, calls this “completely inaccurate”. But in trade as elsewhere, the new […]

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Jill Filipovic: Melania, Ivanka's plastic feminism
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In his press conference last week, in which President Trump ranted and raved that he wasn’t ranting and raving, he answered a question about his wife, Melania. “That’s what I call a very nice question,” he said, apparently relieved to stop talking about his own policies, before saying the first lady feels very strongly about […]

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UK Parliament debates Trump state visit
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Trump’s UK state visit has been debated in the British Parliament, after more than 1.8 million people signed a petition to downgrade his visit.

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Young Republicans at CPAC energized by Trump
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Republican students attending the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 23 expressed enthusiasm about President Trump’s first weeks in office.

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Julian Zelizer: After London, Trump should not let fear dictate policy
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The United States must not let fear dictate politics or policy. And yet as soon as news broke about the horrific attacks in London, President Donald Trump tweeted out: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra […]

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Tillerson, senators weigh in on Syria strategy
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Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and senators of both parties on April 9 discussed the U.S. strategy in Syria.

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Trump keeps saying things that aren't true
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On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet touting his party’s special election victory in Kansas on Tuesday. It contained two errors.

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Trump is getting a taste for pulling the trigger
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President Donald Trump is getting a taste for pulling the trigger.

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Trump’s Wiretap Accusations Renew Debate About Privacy
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After the president’s latest attack on American intelligence agencies, questions resurfaced on whether they invade privacy and could undermine democracy.

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'It was a goofy mistake': Warren Beatty on the Oscars fiasco, Rules Don't Apply and Donald Trump – video
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Veteran actor-director Beatty has made his first film since 1998 with comedy-drama Rules Don’t Apply, in which he plays reclusive movie mogul Howard Hughes. He discusses the changes he’s seen in his half-century in Hollywood, the mix-up that led him to deliver the wrong Best Picture envelope at the Academy Awards and why it’s important […]

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Why Is Jeff Sessions Attacking the Police?
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It’s been a busy week for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are currently touring the U.S.-Mexico border to draw attention to illegal immigration and its impact on the country. But a series of remarks from Sessions about places far from the Southwest, including criticisms of major-city police departments, drew […]

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Comey lays out the case that Trump obstructed justice
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The former FBI director said the question is ultimately one for the special counsel, but he helped bolster the case.

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Congress returns to face daunting tasks: avoid a shutdown and an angry Trump
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The House and Senate have only days to avert a government shutdown, while also coping with a president impatient to claim victories in his first 100 days After two weeks away, the 535 members of Congress return to Washington this week facing a critical deadline: they have five days to keep the government from shutting […]

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Grading President Trump as 100-day mark nears
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Donald Trump is on track to be the least popular president in history at the end of his first hundred days. Liberal Joan Walsh and conservative Charlie Kirk grade the President's job performance. Read more

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House intelligence panel demands any tapes from Trump, memos from Comey
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They want the materials referenced during Comey’s Senate testimony in hand by June 23. It is not clear if the tapes exist.

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Valedictory return: 'Fake news the enemy of the people'
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President Trump is battling leaks, signing new executive actions and speaking at CPAC. We are covering his fifth week in office here.

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Syrian Rebels Close to Victory in Raqqa Offensive
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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the U.S., have captured a number of key neighborhoods near Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold in Syria, the group announced Monday. The announcement signals the progress of a larger offensive, launched last week, to overtake Raqqa from ISIS militants, who have maintained […]

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Trump Plans to Skip White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
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The president said on Twitter that he would not attend the April 29 event, which has become a staple of the Washington social calendar.

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Seth Meyers Says Trump Has ‘Completely Backtracked’ in Blistering Takedown of His Executive Actions
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Seth Meyers has seemed to realize that his best line of attack on Donald Trump is to use the president’s own words against him. On Late Night, Meyers argued that almost every action Trump has taken during his first 100 days in office, there is a Trump tweet that argues against that action—at least when […]

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You’ve Probably Forgotten Half the Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Already Done to Our Planet
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It’s been an eventful 100 days. Since taking office, Donald Trump has done his best to fulfill his campaign promise to roll back environmental regulations and liberate business from what he insists are job-killing, growth-impeding, unnecessary constraints. During a Republican primary debate in Michigan, he articulated his vision for the Environmental Protection Agency this way: […]

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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: 100 days of failure | Editorial
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It is no surprise dissembling has been the defining feature of his first 100 days. If he admitted the truth of his shambolic presidency, it would shorten its span On Saturday Donald Trump will have been in the White House for a hundred days, and he has been a disaster for American democracy. His narcissism […]

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There's no reason for style to triumph…
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Media praise for Donald Trump's speech to Congress is flawed — in part because pundits are asking all the wrong questions. Read more

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Reagan adviser: Trump speech deeply disturbing
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Former presidential adviser David Gergen called President Donald Trump’s speech at a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania “deeply disturbing.”

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In Speech, Trump Tests a New Tactic: Toning It Down
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The president’s address to Congress was a recognition that a softer sales tactic was needed to sell the hard-edge populist agenda he campaigned on.

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Military Expects More Shopping Money, if Not All Trump Seeks
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With the budget request likely to meet headwinds, any expansion will probably add personnel and supplement existing arms programs, not start new ones.

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Republican health bill: Democrats pledge Senate standstill over secrecy
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Democrats plan to delay vote by forcing bill into committee, says party aide, as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren plan Facebook event Democrats have vowed to bring Senate business to a halt this week, in protest against secrecy around a Republican attempt to repeal Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will affect access to […]

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New executive order on immigration…
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Two senior Trump Administration officials are telling NBC News that a new immigration executive order will be signed on Monday. Huffington Post contributor, Lola Adesioye, and former Department of Homeland Security consultant, Mustafa Tameez, join… Read more

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The White House press corps needs to join the awkward squad
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American journalism needs to overcome its injured dignity about first amendment privileges and learn to fight without them Time for an inter-round summary. After an emollient sort-of State of the Union address, what about the State of the Media? Is it as “thin-skinned and narcissistic” as “blabbermouth Donnie”? (That’s a returning Jon Stewart’s sour verdict.) […]

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Trump Indicates Tweet on Tapes Was Meant to Affect Comey Testimony
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In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” the president also raised questions about the impartiality of the special counsel for the Russia investigation, Robert S. Mueller III.

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Trump faces Putin in 2 weeks
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Inside the capacious Hamburg Messe conference hall next month, President Donald Trump will come face-to-face with the man whose shadow has darkened much of his presidency: Vladimir Putin.

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Judge: Ivanka Trump must respond in shoe trial
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White House: Trump travels to his New Jersey golf club to 'save the taxpayer money'
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Trump has spent eight weekends as president outside Washington and at one of his properties.

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What Macron’s Victory in France Means for the European Union
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Three elections across Europe in the past week have given the European Union reasons for joy, optimism, schadenfreude—and also plenty of cause for worry. The joy came from Emmanuel Macron’s victory in Sunday’s second round presidential election in France. Although the independent centrist’s win was never really in doubt, the margin of victory—65 percent versus […]

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Democratic congresswoman claims 'sex actions' in Trump dossier are true despite a lack of evidence
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Yet another evidence-free claim thrown out by a Washington politician

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Trump Advisers Call for More Troops to Break Afghan Deadlock
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With the president expected to make a decision on his Afghan strategy this month, senior officials are recommending deploying several thousand additional American troops.

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Bharara after meeting with Trump in 2016: 'I agreed to stay on'
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After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 30, 2016, Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said he agreed to stay remain in his role in the Trump administration.

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Chris Pratt Thinks His FBI Alter Ego Should Replace Comey
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In the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s Tuesday dismissal by President Donald Trump, Chris Pratt has made it clear he’s willing to take over Comey’s role — that is, as his legendary Parks and Recreation alter-ego Burt Macklin, of course. Although on the hit show, Pratt’s fictional character Macklin was fired from the FBI […]

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Heilemann: Trump covering up ‘heart’ of…
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“They’re behaving like people who have something that is very bad that they are trying to keep from becoming public,” said Heilemann. Read more

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