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Trump Focuses on Trade and Jobs

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:54:53 EST

President Donald Trump started his first full workday at the White House focused on the economy, trade and jobs, withdrawing from the TPP agreement and promising to tax firms that move operations overseas.image

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White House Backs 'Alternative Facts'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:30:22 EST

Defending a series of false statements by the official White House spokesman, a senior Trump administration adviser on Sunday suggested the official had been invoking “alternative facts” rather than untruths.image

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Trump Withdraws U.S. From Pacific Trade Deal

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:12:14 EST

President Trump formally pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade agreement negotiated by Barack Obama and championed by businesses but that fell out of favor in both political parties.image

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Suit Alleges Trump Violated Constitution

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:36:38 EST

A government watchdog group represented by a team of constitutional scholars and ethics experts filed a lawsuit Monday alleging President Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by maintaining ownership of businesses that accept payments from foreign governments.image

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Trump Wastes No Time Going to Battle

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:17:29 EST

Donald Trump and his team have chosen to start the new administration not by avoiding battles but by seeking them out. Gerald F. Seib explores what that tells you about his view of the world and whether it’s a good idea for his presidency.image

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Rex Tillerson Clears Another Hurdle for Secretary of State Position

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:56:04 EST

Despite lingering concerns from some Republicans, secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson cleared a key procedural hurdle on Monday, all but ensuring he will be approved as the nation’s top diplomat.image

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U.S. Eyes Flynn's Links to Russia

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:57:28 EST

Counterintelligence agents have investigated communications that President Trump’s national security adviser had with Russian officials. Flynn is the first person at White House known to have faced scrutiny in broad probes.image

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Pompeo Confirmed as Trump's CIA Director

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:15:08 EST

The Senate on Monday confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, putting a Republican lawmaker in charge of the nation’s top spy agency and helping to fill out President Donald Trump’s national-security team.image

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White House Press Chief Sean Spicer Says He Won't Mislead Media

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:31:23 EST

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he wouldn’t intentionally mislead the press—or the American people—but pushed the media to not create a negative “default narrative” in covering President Donald Trump. image

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Republicans Set to Gather for Policy Retreat Backed by Corporations

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:54:42 EST

As President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress prepare this week to address business priorities in Washington, they will pause to gather at three-day policy retreat that has significant corporate backing.image

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GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Replace Health Law

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:24:55 EST

With Republicans struggling to forge a health-care plan that combines low costs with broad coverage, two GOP senators offered an idea that sidesteps that trade-off: allowing states to opt out of major parts of the Affordable Care Act.image

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Before the Inauguration Day Galas, a 'Deploraball'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:16:06 EST

About 1,000 Trump supporters will be celebrating “Trumpism” at a soiree dubbed the Deploraball on Thursday, according to the event’s website. The celebration takes its name from a comment Hillary Clinton made during the campaign.image

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High Court Won't Hear Texas Appeal on Voter-ID Law

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:30:35 EST

With the contentious 2016 election in the rearview mirror, the Supreme Court isn’t ready to revisit the issue of state laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls—for now.image

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Democrats Ponder How to Use Marches to Build Challenge to Trump

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:59:11 EST

Following huge marches across the U.S., Democrats faced the prospect of turning the freewheeling day of protest into sustained popular opposition to the new president’s agenda.image

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Senate Confirms Mattis as Defense Secretary

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:51:57 EST

The Senate confirmed retired Gen. James Mattis as the secretary of defense, approving a central member of Donald Trump’s national security team just hours after the new president was sworn into office. image

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Trump Poised to Wield Executive Power to Make Immigration Changes

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:00:51 EST

President Donald Trump is soon expected to seek sharp changes in U.S. immigration policy by using his executive power, echoing the politically contentious approach taken by former President Barack Obama. image

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Democrats Agree on What They Need to Do. The Question Is How

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:45:25 EST

Democratic operatives and donors gathered this weekend to mount a call for the party to take back state legislatures and improve outreach to certain demographics, but, after 48 hours of soul-searching, how do this remains unclear.image

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Donald Trump Sees Delays in Cabinet Confirmations

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:02:10 EST

President-elect Donald Trump is set to start his presidency with fewer cabinet members in place than his predecessor, due to Democratic lawmakers’ objections to several of the nominees and delays in the confirmation hearing schedule.image

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Clergy to Reflect Trump's Faith, Priorities at Inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:16:38 EST

For his swearing-in as president on Friday, Donald Trump invited six clergy members to offer prayers—the largest lineup of faith leaders at an inauguration in decades. image

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Voter Anxiety That Fueled Trump's Victory Turns to Hope

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:13:27 EST

In places ranging from the mill towns of North Carolina to Wyoming coal country, the anger that many working-class Americans felt in casting a ballot for Donald Trump has turned into hope. image

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The Long-Distance First Lady

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:25:29 EST

Melania Trump isn’t likely to spend much time in Washington right away, saying ‘the privacy and protection of my son is my utmost priority.’ image

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DeploraBall Crowd Relives 'Lock Her Up' One Last Time

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:17:43 EST

As Trump supporters at the DeploraBall celebrated and Peace Ball attendees looked to the weekend’s protests, the battles of the 2016 campaign seemed far from over. image

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Huge Protest Is Planned for Trump's First Saturday

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:42:48 EST

Officials say they have made preparations to deal with a crowd as large as 400,000 for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.image

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Trump's Presidency of Firsts and Familiarities

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:57:11 EST

By some measures, Donald Trump is truly distinctive, but he has some qualities that draw notable parallels to past presidents.image

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Democrats' Schumer Faces Test as He Leads His Party in Age of Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:10:40 EST

The new Congress suggests the tools available to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer as he challenges the GOP, but also the limitations he will confront in the first stage of the Trump presidency.image

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Economic Tests Await Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:48 EST

President-elect Donald Trump inherits an economy in much stronger shape than at either of the past two inaugurations, but major questions loom over how he can boost productivity and deliver on his growth promises. image

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Trump Says Fighting Crime a Priority

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:01:16 EST

The website singled out “standing up for [the] law enforcement community” as one of the six most important issues to the new presidency.image

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Pence's Role Is Entirely Up to His Bond With Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:56:01 EST

Vice President Mike Pence figures to be the White House’s main point of contact for Congress, given his history as a six-term congressman from Indiana, but his influence will depend entirely on President Trump.image

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Trump's Style: 'Deliberate Chaos'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:10:19 EST

Donald Trump won the presidential race with an unorthodox campaign that relied on an avalanche of political attacks and bold promises. As he is sworn in Friday as president, he is poised to take much of that strategy to the White House. image

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Protesters Look to Disrupt Trump's Inauguration Weekend

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:03:47 EST

City officials, event organizers and law enforcement are bracing for the tens of thousands of demonstrators expected to descend on Washington to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration, in what could be one of the most tense transfers of presidential power in recent memory. image

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Mexican Officials to Meet With Trump Aides Next Week

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:00:14 EST

Top Mexican officials will meet with senior members of Donald Trump’s administration next week in Washington, D.C., to discuss bilateral security, migration and economic issues, the Mexican government said. image

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Trump Faces a Map of Global Uncertainty

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:56:58 EST

Donald Trump is set to inherit a high-stakes foreign-policy landscape made even more uncertain by his own suggestions that he will abandon or reconsider longstanding U.S. policy positions. image

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Tight Security Planned for Inaugural Events

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:16:28 EST

Along with about 28,000 security personnel, dozens of trucks, dumpsters and buses will fortify a ‘hard vehicle perimeter’ around inaugural events in Washington. image

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Obama Extends Commutation Spree a Day Before Leaving Office

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:23:46 EST

President Barack Obama on Thursday shortened the sentences of 330 inmates, extended his record-setting clemency spree just 24 hours before leaving office.

Companies Pony Up for Inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:44:37 EST

At least four corporations that declined to support or reduced their donations to the July Republican convention have given to Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, which raised a record $90 million. image

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SIG Sauer Wins Huge Army Handgun Deal

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:51:09 EST

The Pentagon said Thursday that SIG Sauer had won a $580 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with new handguns, ending a long-running contest that had attracted fierce criticism from a senior military chief.image

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GOP Governors Warn Lawmakers About Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:37:32 EST

John Kasich, Brian Sandoval and other governors have voiced concerns about the effects of abruptly scrapping the 2010 health law, as Republicans in Congress weigh their options.image

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Trump Least Popular New President in at Least a Generation, Poll Finds

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:11:19 EST

As Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office, a growing share of Americans disapprove of how he has handled his transition to the White House. Some 48% view Mr. Trump in a negative light, to 38% in a favorable one, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. image

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U.S. Bombers Hit ISIS in Libya

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:33:58 EST

American B-2 bombers struck at multiple sites in Libya in what represents a broadening of the U.S. war against the extremist group in northern Africa. image

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Donald Trump's Nominees Stick to His Script

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:04:27 EST

The president-elect’s cabinet choices at this week’s confirmation hearings represented the leading edge of Donald Trump’s push to reverse the domestic policies advanced by President Barack Obama’s administration.image

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Commerce Nominee Offers Preview of Trade Policy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:22:19 EST

Wilbur Ross, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary, provided the deepest view yet of the incoming administration’s likely direction on trade in testimony before the committee considering his nomination.image

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Trump's Nominees Diverge on Russia, Security Issues

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:28:29 EST

President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for top national security posts diverged from their future boss’s positions on key issues during confirmation hearings a week before the inauguration.image

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U.S. Budget Deficit Widening Again

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:53:50 EST

The federal budget deficit is widening again after years of postrecession shrinkage, with its trajectory in the coming years uncertain as President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans look to overhaul the tax code and boost U.S. economic growth.image

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Anthony Scaramucci Joining Trump Administration

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:16:40 EST

The Trump transition team confirmed that Anthony Scaramucci, founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, is joining the incoming presidential administration.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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Elections Usher In New Crop of Political-Tech Startups

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:53:14 EST

And now the results are about to come in: Which campaign-related tech startup will win this year’s contest?image

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Record Numbers Are Voting Early; How Will That Affect Results?

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:41:57 EST

Some are questioning the trend of casting ballots ahead of presidential debates and other key events. ‘Early voting is like picking the winner of a baseball game in the 7th inning,’ says one critic of the process.image

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Early Results in Key States to Hint at Election Outcome

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:03:31 EST

For anxious election-watchers on Tuesday evening, early returns from several East Coast states will offer clues to how the night might unfold. Here are some of the first states to watch as results come in.image

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Hispanic Backers of Trump Face Backlash

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:54:07 EDT

Some people of Hispanic heritage who support Donald Trump find their views can subject them to nasty comments and strained relations.image

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Democratic Conventions Through the Years

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 01:35:05 EDT

The 2016 Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday in Philadelphia. A look back at some prior conventions, including one of the longest in 1924 and one of the most contentious in 1968.image

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The Candidates Take New York

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:03:28 EDT

The 2016 presidential candidates visited New York City and other parts of the state, ahead of its primary on April 19. Here are some photos from the campaign trail.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