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                                Former President George W. Bush spoke, Sept. 24, in Washington. Bush said today, “we all need answers” on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russian government, and he defended the media’s role in keeping world leaders in check.

George W. Bush on Trump and Russia: ‘We all need answers’

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                                Former President George W. Bush spoke, Sept. 24, in Washington. Bush said today, “we all need answers” on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russian government, and he defended the media’s role in keeping world leaders in check.
Former President George W. Bush said today “we all need answers” on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russian government, and didn’t rule out the idea that a special prosecutor could be necessary to lead an investigation. Read More
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                                National Governors Association Chair, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, spoke at the National Governors Association winter meeting.

Trump toasts nation’s governors ahead of health care talks

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                                National Governors Association Chair, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, spoke at the National Governors Association winter meeting.
President Donald Trump toasted the nation’s governors tonight, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball at the White House ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law. Read More
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                                Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke to employees in Washington on Feb. 21.

Sources: White House to propose slashing agency budgets

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                                Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke to employees in Washington on Feb. 21.
The White House is moving to propose slashing cuts to longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Read More
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                                President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said he was withdrawing from consideration for the post.

Trump’s choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

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                                President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said he was withdrawing from consideration for the post.
President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said he was withdrawing from consideration for the post. Read More
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                                Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is followed by reporters as he leaves a health care meeting during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington.

Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

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                                Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is followed by reporters as he leaves a health care meeting during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington.

Updated on  February 26, 2017 at 8:15 am
A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. Read More
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                                The Pentagon wants to expand the military’s ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted attacks against America, senior U.S. officials said.

Pentagon seeks to expand fight against extremists in Somalia

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                                The Pentagon wants to expand the military’s ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted attacks against America, senior U.S. officials said.
The Pentagon wants to expand the military’s ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted attacks against America, senior U.S. officials said. Read More
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                                The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how it values coal extracted from public lands after mining companies sued in federal court to challenge the rules. Interior officials say in a Federal Register announcement, due to be published on Monday, that current rules will remain in place pending a court decision. The changes, crafted under the administration of President Barack Obama, were aimed at ensuring companies don’t shortchange taxpayers on coal sales to Asia and other markets.

Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

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                                The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how it values coal extracted from public lands after mining companies sued in federal court to challenge the rules. Interior officials say in a Federal Register announcement, due to be published on Monday, that current rules will remain in place pending a court decision. The changes, crafted under the administration of President Barack Obama, were aimed at ensuring companies don’t shortchange taxpayers on coal sales to Asia and other markets.
The move by the Trump administration means current rules governing the industry will remain in place pending decisions in the courts, according to an agency notification due to be published Monday in the Federal Register. Read More
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                                Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is a candidate to run the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Democrats elect Perez party chairman on second ballot

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                                Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is a candidate to run the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm
Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump. Read More
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                                Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, foreground left, addresses the media in front of the New York Times offices, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 in New York. Maloney voiced outrage over the White House decision to block The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico and others from a press briefing in Washington.

NY congresswoman urges open White House press briefings

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                                Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, foreground left, addresses the media in front of the New York Times offices, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 in New York. Maloney voiced outrage over the White House decision to block The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico and others from a press briefing in Washington.
A New York congresswoman has voiced outrage over the White House decision to block The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico and others from a press briefing. Read More
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                                With the outcome of Saturday’s vote uncertain, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, left, and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, right, made a final push Friday to cajole support from the hundreds of state party leaders, donors and activists who make up the Democratic National Committee and determine the party’s direction.

As party rebuilds, Democrats seek a new DNC leader

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                                With the outcome of Saturday’s vote uncertain, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, left, and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, right, made a final push Friday to cajole support from the hundreds of state party leaders, donors and activists who make up the Democratic National Committee and determine the party’s direction.
Democrats are beginning the process of rebuilding their party by choosing a new national chairman charged with turning widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories. Read More
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                                President Donald Trump arrived to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), today, in Oxon Hill, Md.

Fact check: Trump counts 20 million people as ‘very few’

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                                President Donald Trump arrived to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), today, in Oxon Hill, Md.
President Donald Trump said today that his predecessor’s health care law covers “very few people” as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That’s only true if you consider more than 20 million people to be very few. Read More
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                                President Donald Trump gestured as he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), today, in Oxon Hill, Md.

Trump blasts media, anonymous sources — after White House uses them

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                                President Donald Trump gestured as he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), today, in Oxon Hill, Md.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 11:11 am
President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media today for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed. Read More
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                                White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ discussion with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe sparked outrage among some Democrats, who said he was violating policies intended to limit communications between the law enforcement agency and the White House on pending investigations.

White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

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                                White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ discussion with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe sparked outrage among some Democrats, who said he was violating policies intended to limit communications between the law enforcement agency and the White House on pending investigations.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 6:55 pm
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to three White House officials who confirmed the unusual contact with law enforcement involved in a pending investigation. Read More
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                                A U.S.-educated former Wall Street banker, the 78-year-old Kuczynski has emerged as an unlikely leader in Latin America, taking a strong stand against President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda while many in the region remain silent. Kuczynski will be the first Latin American leader to visit Trump at the White House on Friday.

Peru’s president set to talk tough to Trump during U.S. visit

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                                A U.S.-educated former Wall Street banker, the 78-year-old Kuczynski has emerged as an unlikely leader in Latin America, taking a strong stand against President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda while many in the region remain silent. Kuczynski will be the first Latin American leader to visit Trump at the White House on Friday.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 11:41 am
When Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski becomes the first Latin American leader to visit Donald Trump at the White House on Friday it will be a chance for the U.S. president to hear some straight talk about how his anti-trade and anti-immigrant rhetoric is alienating some of America’s closest allies. Read More
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                                President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington today.

Conservatives welcome Trump with delight and wariness

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                                President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington today.
For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. Read More
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NYPD lowers cost estimate of guarding Trump and his tower

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It will cost the New York Police Department significantly less to provide presidential protection and to guard Trump Tower than the city had initially estimated, according to the police commissioner, James P. O’Neill. Read More

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