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White House Memo: Trump Wants It Known: Grading 100 Days Is ‘Ridiculous’ (but His Were the Best)

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:40:05 GMT

President Trump during a meeting with ambassadors from the United Nations Security Council on Monday.Though he has called it “an artificial barrier” and a “ridiculous standard,” President Trump is deeply anxious that he be judged a success after 100 days.

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Orrin Hatch Says He Can Accept Temporary Tax Cuts That Raise Deficit

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:18:18 GMT

From left, Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the president of Egypt, and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader from Kentucky, in Washington last month.Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the Republican leader of the Senate finance committee, said on Tuesday that he could support such cuts if they helped stimulate the economy.

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Wall ‘Will Get Built,’ Trump Insists, as He Drops Funding Demand

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:22:58 GMT

Welding a new fence between the Anapra neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and Sunland Park, N.M., in March.The president signaled that he could accept a short-term spending bill that did not include money for a barrier at the Mexican border.

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Flynn May Have Broken Law by Not Disclosing Russia Dealings, Lawmakers Say

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:56:43 GMT

Michael T. Flynn at the White House in February.Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House oversight committee, said Michael T. Flynn also appeared to have inappropriately accepted funds without permission.

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Randolph Alles Is Expected to Be Named Secret Service Leader

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:41:37 GMT

Randolph D. Alles in 2013.Mr. Alles, the acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, would be the first director of the agency in at least a century not to have served among its ranks.

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Parsing Trump’s Promised Tax Plan, From Rates to Deficits

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:21 GMT

President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin outside the Treasury building on Friday.Key questions are whether the president is aligned with House Republicans, whether he is keeping his campaign promises and whether his proposal has a chance of passing.

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Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:27 GMT

President Trump signing an executive order in the Oval Office in February.Read about how the other side thinks: From the right, a successful 100 days for Trump; from the left, a Trump takedown; and from the center, a plan.

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In New Trade Front, Trump Slaps Tariff on Canadian Lumber

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:02:28 GMT

Loggers worked in Youbou, British Columbia, in January. The United States and Canada have been at odds over softwood lumber since the 19th century.After determining that Canada has improperly subsidized the sale of softwood lumber, the Commerce Department imposed penalties of up to 24 percent.

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Trump Is Said to Seek Cutting Corporate Tax Rate to 15 Percent

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:18:47 GMT

President Trump at the Treasury Department on Friday. Lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent was one of his marquee campaign promises.Such a cut, from the current rate of 35 percent, would mean a significant reduction in revenue that could jettison his campaign promise to curb deficits.

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Ivanka Trump Is Jeered in Berlin After Defending Her Father

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:33:32 GMT

The president’s daughter, on a stage with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, said her father was a champion of families. Some in the audience groaned.

How Trump’s Pick for Top Antitrust Cop May Shape Competition

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:15 GMT

Makan Delrahim, President Trump’s nominee for assistant attorney general for antitrust. His confirmation hearing is scheduled on Wednesday.Makan Delrahim, the choice to head antitrust matters at the Justice Department, said he did not plan to use federal laws in “a fishing expedition.”

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Political Calculus: Big Turnout for Ossoff Surpassed Recent Democratic Benchmarks

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:58:19 GMT

Jon Ossoff has been trailed by many enthusiastic crowds on campaign stops this month in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.Newly released voting data shows another example of voter enthusiasm that could help in the party’s long-shot goal to win back the House next year.

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Conservative Groups Sue Berkeley Over Ann Coulter Cancellation

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:18:14 GMT

The conservative author Ann Coulter plans to speak at the University of California, Berkeley, this week despite the cancellation of her scheduled appearance by the university.Two organizations accused the California university of discriminating against right-wing speakers and violating students’ free speech rights.

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Syrian Government Workers After Sarin Attack

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:39:45 GMT

Steven Mnuchin, left, the secretary of the Treasury, announced sanctions on Monday in response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria. “The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons by any actor,” he said.The United States is seeking to punish those behind chemical weapons attacks carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

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Trump Calls @AstroPeggy at the International Space Station

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:21:47 GMT

Ivanka Trump joined the call, in which the president congratulated Peggy Whitson for setting a new U.S. space record.

New Orleans Begins Removing Confederate Monuments, Under Police Guard

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:13:52 GMT

Workers dismantle an an obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place, which commemorated whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government.Workers dressed in flak jackets, helmets and scarves to conceal their identities because of concerns about their safety removed a monument early Monday.

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Some Jewish Groups Bristle at Thought of Trump at Capitol Holocaust Ceremony

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:14:59 GMT

Guests watching video messages from President Trump at a World Jewish Congress event in New York this month.In his first three months in office, President Trump has found himself at the center of recurrent and at times bewildering controversies surrounding his relationship with Jews.

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Congressional Memo: The Spending Bill Was Supposed to Be Easy. Then Trump Intervened.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:03:59 GMT

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, left, the majority leader, at the Capitol on Monday. Even many Republicans are reluctant to pay for the wall at the Mexican border that President Trump has proposed.Republicans may control Washington, but the president’s insistence on money for his proposed border wall has turned a sure thing into a major drama.

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Sessions Vows to Enforce an Anti-Bribery Law Trump Ridiculed

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:50:59 GMT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the United States-Mexico border in San Diego on Friday. There has been some worry that the prosecution of white-collar crime will take a back seat to issues like illegal immigration.Attorney General Jeff Sessions underscored his commitment to such cases amid concerns that they would take a back seat to violent crime and illegal immigration.

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U.S. Embassies Post Article Extolling Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:47:00 GMT

Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s club in Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Trump opened it to dues-paying members in 1995.The article, which has been removed from the State Department’s ShareAmerica site, gave a visitors’ guide to President Trump’s club in Palm Beach, Fla.

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With Executions in Balance, Supreme Court Grapples Over Role of Experts

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:15:54 GMT

The Supreme Court weighed on Monday whether defendants who may be mentally ill are entitled to independent expert witnesses, an issue that figures in two of the eight executions Arkansas had hoped to carry out this month.An Alabama death row case, asking whether defendants who may be mentally ill are entitled to independent expert witnesses, also affects two executions Arkansas is hoping to carry out.

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Obama Steps Back Into Public Life, Trying to Avoid One Word: Trump

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:18:17 GMT

Speaking at a University of Chicago event, former President Barack Obama said helping prepare the next generation of political leadership would be a major goal.

On Washington: Republicans Agree on No Shutdown, but Not on How to Avoid One

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:16 GMT

Senator Steve Daines, Republican of Montana, and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, this month. Allowing the federal government to go dark on their watch might be hard to explain for Republicans.Lawmakers and the Trump White House have been unable to agree on a plan to fund the government beyond Friday, despite months of staring at the hard deadline.

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Congressional Memo: Five Key Questions as a Government Shutdown Looms

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:53:45 GMT

President Trump will mark his 100th day in office on Saturday. His team’s efforts to demonstrate progress on key promises like a border wall and more military spending before then are complicating negotiations to keep the government funded.The Trump administration wants to use the deadline as leverage on a border wall, military spending, health care and more, raising the prospects of a shutdown.

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Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:05:25 GMT

An image distributed by the North Korean government showing the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, visiting a missile test center in North Pyongan Province. Analysts say the pair of engines he is standing in front of could power an intercontinental ballistic missile.The United States has been trying to sabotage North Korea’s missile program. President Trump must decide what to do next.

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