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Trump Team Eyes Change in Calculating Trade Deficit

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:05:39 EST

The shift on counting exports would make the U.S. trade gap appear larger than it had in past years, which could give the administration ammunition in arguing that trade deals need to be renegotiated.image

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U.S. Proposal Considers Prosecuting Parents Helping Children Entering Country Illegally

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:05:08 EST

A draft memo from the Department of Homeland Security also indicates those trying to cross the border illegally could be returned to Mexico to await legal proceedings, with others held in detention centers while awaiting hearings. image

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Revised Travel Ban Would Cover Same Seven Countries

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:20:14 EST

A current draft of President Donald Trump’s replacement executive order on immigration and refugees shows that the administration would try to keep temporary travel restrictions on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, but would reverse the inclusion of green-card holders, according to an internal State Department memo.image

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Trump's Agenda Is Beset by Opposition on Many Fronts

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:36:02 EST

President Donald Trump faces resistance that has helped block his immigration policy, slow his health-care agenda and cabinet nominees, force out a top adviser and bring raucous protests to his public appearances.image

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In Marshall, Va., Support for Donald Trump Hasn't Wavered

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:49:05 EST

Fauquier County, home to Marshall, is a growing area, with a higher-than-average population of college graduates. Support for Mr. Trump here is one signal that the president is holding his political base.image

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Trump Ramps Up Media Attacks at Raucous Florida Rally

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:43:22 EST

With a made-for-TV entrance descending Air Force One, followed by attacks on the news media and Washington establishment that were trademarks of his campaign, President Donald Trump launched a broadside against his critics in front of thousands of the supporters who sent him to the White House.image

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Pence Backs NATO; Russia Official Touts a New World Order

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:29:53 EST

Vice President Mike Pence made one of the Trump administration’s most full-throated efforts yet to reassure nervous European partners. Later, a Russian minister spoke of a “post-West world order.”image

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Trump to Interview Four Security Adviser Candidates on Sunday

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:00:06 EST

The president will speak with Army strategist Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, acting National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg and U.S. Military Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen. image

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Lawmaker Answers to Hometown Critics at Town Halls

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:44:20 EST

Rep. Tom Reed, an early Trump supporter, is among the lawmakers facing constituents and activists to defend the president’s agenda.image

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Trump's Man for the SEC: Time to Ease Regulation

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:55:54 EST

Jay Clayton believes overregulation has unduly burdened small companies trying to raise capital and made public markets much less attractive than private fundraising channels.image

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Former Business Partner Speaks Out Against Trump

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:21:19 EST

A billionaire real-estate developer is breaking with Donald Trump over the president’s immigration policies and stance toward Mexico, the latest high-profile businessman to publicly criticize the administration.image

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Trump's Former Campaign Chairman Thrust Back Under the Glare

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:06:08 EST

The alleged ties to Russia that led Paul Manafort to resign are now at the center of investigations into links between Moscow and people in Donald Trump’s orbit. image

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Lindsey Graham Implores Congress to Pass Russia Sanctions

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:10:39 EST

Sen. Lindsey Graham called on Congress to pass new sanctions against Russia following its alleged interference in the U.S. election.image

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Pruitt Confirmed as EPA Chief

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:07:38 EST

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency in a move that could set in motion a rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations. image

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Insurers Voice Concern Over House GOP's Outline for Health Law Repeal

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:06:26 EST

House Republicans’ outline of an Affordable Care Act repeal plan left health insurers increasingly worried about the future of the health law’s exchanges, despite a Trump administration proposal earlier this week aimed at providing stability. image

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Health Insurance Via Work? Your Tax Break Could Change

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:39:22 EST

House Republicans, looking for ways to pay for their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, are considering changing the special tax treatment for employer-provided health benefits.image

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Congress Tests Trump Officials on Trade

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:11:23 EST

Lawmakers from both parties are showing early resistance to President Donald Trump’s trade policy, a key pillar of his 2016 “America first” campaign. image

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White House Fires Security Aide for Criticizing Trump Administration

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:15:42 EST

Craig Deare, the senior director of Western Hemisphere affairs for the National Security Council, reportedly made the negative comments at a small gathering at the Woodrow Wilson Center. image

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Trump Team's Growth Forecasts Far Rosier Than Those of CBO, Private Economists

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:19:39 EST

The Trump administration has drafted preliminary economic growth forecasts in its federal budget planning that rely on assumptions that are far rosier than projections made by independent agencies and most private forecasters, according to several people familiar with the discussions. image

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Tillerson Urges China to Confront North Korea

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:07:51 EST

Meeting with China’s foreign minister on the sidelines of a G-20 meeting in Bonn, the new U.S. secretary of State says Beijing should ‘use all available tools’ to pressure Pyongyang following its latest missile test. image

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Mike Dubke Set to Be Named White House Communications Director

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:21:22 EST

Republican consultant Mike Dubke is expected to be named White House communications director, filling a post facing immediate demands. image

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As Tax Debate Heats Up, Lawmakers Struggle to Think of a Plan B

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:46:22 EST

Despite widespread criticism, border adjustment isn’t dead, and that is partly because Republicans haven’t developed palatable alternatives that avoid huge budget deficits or prevent the corporate tax base from fleeing abroad.image

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Trump Praises Boeing, Suggests More Plane Purchases Coming

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:33:07 EST

President Donald Trump heaped praise on Boeing and suggested the U.S. government could increase its business with the aerospace company as he delivered an economic-themed speech that had many campaign trail overtones.image

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Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings to Begin March 20

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:14:55 EST

Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, will begin in the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 20.image

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Spies Keep Trump in Dark on Intelligence in Sign of Mistrust

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:17:20 EST

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.image

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Trump Defends Himself, Denies Links to Russia

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:47:45 EST

Donald Trump defended as highly effective his tenure so far in the White House, which has been marked by, among other things, legal fights and West Wing power struggles. He also denied having ties to Russia.image

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Colin Powell Says U.S. Politics Too Polarized

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:47:03 EST

Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday called on leaders in Washington as well as everyday Americans to ratchet down what has become a highly charged, insult-laden political environment. image

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Senate Confirms Mick Mulvaney as OMB Director

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:53:40 EST

The U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget, putting a persistent critic of federal spending in charge of setting fiscal priorities for President Donald Trump. image

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Top U.S. Military Commander to Meet Russian Counterpart

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:15:15 EST

The U.S. military’s top uniformed officer plans to meet this week with his Russian counterpart, the Pentagon said Wednesday, marking the highest-level military meeting between Washington and Moscow in years. image

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Retail CEOs Meet With Trump Over Border Tax Concerns

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:27:31 EST

CEOs from several major U.S. retailers, including Target, Best Buy and Gap, met with President Trump to lobby against a tax plan that would hurt their profits. image

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House Votes to Scrap Rules on State Retirement Plans

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:07:52 EST

The House passed resolutions to overturn rules encouraging states to set up retirement savings plans for private-sector workers, threatening to eliminate a key element of an Obama administration initiative. image

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Meet the Retirement Savers Who Oppose the Fiduciary Rule

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:56:54 EST

Though the Labor Department regulation has broad backing, some retirement savers say the effort designed to protect them restricts their choices instead.image

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Yellen Defends Fed Efforts to Boost Economy During House Questioning

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:24:15 EST

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen fended off Republican criticism of the central bank’s efforts to boost the economy, and repeated her warnings that proposals to rein in the Fed could compromise its independence, during a congressional hearing.image

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Trump Blasts Media, Intelligence Agencies

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:04:10 EST

President Trump leveled new Twitter attacks on the intelligence community and the news media after a tumultuous few days that included the departure of his national security adviser and reports about U.S. investigations into his team’s communications with Russian authorities.image

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U.S. Defense Secretary Warns NATO Allies on Military Spending

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:09:04 EST

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned NATO allies that they need to adopt plans to raise their military spending or risk seeing America “moderate its commitment to the alliance.”image

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Humana's Withdrawal From Health Exchanges Pressures GOP

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:20:40 EST

Humana’s decision to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act exchanges next year adds to the pressure on Republicans to bolster the marketplaces even as they promise to unwind the health law.image

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Trump Administration Officials to Meet With Allies Abroad

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:08:34 EST

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are traveling to gatherings in Germany and Belgium to reassure their counterparts about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. image

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Mike Flynn's Brief White House Stint Caps Contentious Career

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:49:05 EST

Mike Flynn’s abbreviated tenure as Donald Trump’s national security adviser followed a military career and post-military life marked by periods of controversy. image

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Flynn Departure Unlikely to Cool Congressional Probes

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:57:59 EST

Michael Flynn’s resignation as Donald Trump’s national security adviser is unlikely to quell congressional calls for further investigations into ties between Russia and Mr. Trump’s team. image

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Ernie Els Joins Trump Foursome, Hears About It From Pals

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:21:36 EST

The South African joined Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a round of golf on Saturday, and caught some needling on social media and from his buddiesimage

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U.S. Eyes New Tactic to Press China

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:00:14 EST

The White House is exploring a new tactic to discourage China from undervaluing its currency to boost exports, part of an evolving Trump administration strategy to challenge the practices of the U.S.’s largest trading partner while stepping back from direct confrontation. image

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Trump Plans Only 'Tweaking' of Canada Trade Pact

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:02:32 EST

President Donald Trump said he seeks only modest changes in the U.S. trade relationship with Canada after talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. image

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Steven Mnuchin Is Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:54:27 EST

The Senate confirmed financier Steven Mnuchin as the next Treasury secretary, placing him in a leading position to advance President Donald Trump’s plans to revamp financial regulation and the U.S. tax code. image

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David Shulkin Confirmed as Secretary of Veterans Affairs in Unanimous Vote

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:07:05 EST

In a unanimous vote, the Senate on Monday night confirmed Dr. David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. image

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In Trump's Fourth Week, aChance for a Reboot

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:53:49 EST

The first three weeks of Donald Trump’s tenure have been filled with enough drama and controversy to last three months—perhaps three years—in a normal presidency. The fourth week might be a good time for a reboot, Gerald F. Seib writes. image

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Trump on Immigration: 'Doing What We Said We Would Do'

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:14:13 EST

U.S. President Donald Trump said that deportations since his inauguration reflect that “I’m just doing what we said we would do” to make the country safer. image

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'Buy America' Tests Steel Industry

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:33:00 EST

With the Trump administration’s plans for $1 trillion infrastructure program using U.S.-made materials, some steel companies are concerned about how the policy is being interpreted.image

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See Latest State and National Poll Averages

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:38:24 EDT

See RealClearPolitics averages of latest polls of where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand among voters.image

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Who Is Bankrolling 2016 Election?

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 04:07:21 EST

A look at who is bankrolling the 2016 election—and at which candidates are benefiting most from the biggest donations.image

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The Democratic Battle on Facebook

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:30:58 EST