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Trump, White House stir Friday feud with news media

President Donald Trump drew loud cheers as he denounced the news media at a gathering of conservative activists on Friday outside Washington, as the White House scrapped with reporters over a stories related to Russia in the morning, and then barred certain news organizations from an afternoon briefing with the ...

Trump at CPAC: “The era of empty talk is over”

Appearing before an excited gathering of conservatives just outside of Washington, D.C., President Trump celebrated his ascent to the White House, vowing to press ahead with his legislative agenda, and declaring that his 2016 win was a “victory was a victory and a win for conservative values.” In his speech ...

In switch for Trump, White House signals opposition to recreational marijuana use

A day after touting “states’ rights” in moving to lift an Obama Administration directive on transgender bathroom use in public schools, the Trump Administration signaled on Thursday that while it supports the legalization of medical marijuana, it might be ready to clamp down on states that have legalized personal marijuana ...

Trump vows to increase deportations, starting with “bad dudes”

Two days after rolling out brand new guidelines for deporting people who are illegally in the United States, President Trump vowed on Thursday to follow through on his promise to more strictly enforce existing immigration laws, starting with those immigrants who have committed crimes in the United States. “We’re getting ...

White House delays issuing new travel order until next week

The Trump Administration has again pushed back plans to release an updated version of an executive order that temporarily blocked all refugee admissions along with visits to the United States by residents of seven different Muslim-majority countries, as the White House again signaled it would keep fighting for the original ...

Military officials blame Trump hiring freeze for cuts in child care services

Even as President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to impose a hiring freeze on the federal government as a way to save taxpayer dollars, that move was being directly blamed by some military officials for a reduction in child care services at two Army bases, drawing complaints from ...

Trump’s pick for National Security Advisor will need Senate confirmation

While President Donald Trump’s choice of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor has drawn praise from both political parties, the Trump Administration will have to jump over one more hurdle to put McMaster in that job on a permanent basis, because as a high-ranking military officer, ...

What’s next on the new Trump Administration enforcement plans on illegal immigration

While the Trump Administration has now set in motion new guidelines to be used by border and immigration agents in dealing with the detention and removal of people who are in the United States illegally, there could still be hurdles for the President’s plan to more thoroughly enforce existing U.S. ...

Trump Administration issues new guidelines on tougher enforcement of immigration laws

The Trump Administration on Tuesday issued two new memos from the Department of Homeland Security, outlining the basic guidelines for stepped-up enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, ending the policy known as “catch and release” and pledging to hire hundreds of new border and immigration agents. The plans detail a decision ...

Trump pick for National Security Advisor draws praise

A week after one of his closest aides was forced out of the job of National Security Advisor, President Trump filled that post by selecting Army Lt. General H.R. McMaster, as the choice drew praise from both sides of the political aisle. “I give President Trump great credit for this ...

Reviewing President Trump’s first month in office

President Donald Trump has now been in office for one month and the media and political firestorm around him shows no signs of letting up any time soon, as Mr. Trump tries to push ahead with his agenda, but continues to find obstacles among Democrats, the bureaucracy, the courts and ...

Senate silence speaks volumes about Russia probe

A surprise meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday with the FBI Director yielded a surprise reaction from Senators, as normally chatty members of the Senate said next to nothing about their closed door meeting, raising eyebrows over that discussion and that panel’s investigation of Russian meddling in the ...

2020 campaign begins with Trump rally in Florida

The announcement of President Trump’s visit to Melbourne, Florida today didn’t come from the White House. What rolled into my email inbox this week was from “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.,” the official campaign arm of President Trump, as the 2020 campaign for the White House gets underway with ...

Trump frustrates supporters with inaction on immigration “Dreamers”

In the face of widespread calls from Republicans to end a special Obama Administration plan that allowed certain younger illegal immigrants to avoid being deported, President Donald Trump signaled again this week that he is not yet ready to simply shut down the “DACA” program, disappointing some of his supporters, ...

Senate approves Pruitt for EPA as Democrats delay other Trump picks

Brushing aside complaints from critics, the Senate on Friday approved President Donald Trump’s choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Administration, as Democrats blocked quick votes on four other Trump nominations, delaying action on them until later this month. The vote ...

No shortage of notable moments in Trump’s first solo news conference

President Trump created all sorts of headlines in his over one hour news conference at the White House on Thursday, as he strongly defended the work of the new administration, using almost every chance he had to slam the press corps, accusing reporters of doing all they could to undermine ...

Trump defends his work in office, spars with press over coverage

In a wide ranging White House news conference, President Donald Trump defended the work in the first four weeks of his administration, as he repeatedly accused the news media of doing all they can to fight against his plans. “In other words, the media is trying to attack our administration ...

Hearings for Trump Supreme Court pick to start March 20

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced today that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch will begin on March 20, likely pushing the start of a Senate floor fight over his confirmation until after Easter, and maybe into the summer, if Democratic opponents filibuster that nomination. ...

Republicans plow ahead with repeal of late Obama regulations

Using a rarely used legislative power, the Senate on Wednesday joined the House in voting to reverse an Obama Administration rule that funneled information from Social Security about people with mental health issues to the instant background check system for gun purchases, all part of a broader effort by Republicans ...

Trump pick for Labor Secretary withdraws nomination

Under fire on multiple fronts, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday, a day before he was to go before a U.S. Senate committee for confirmation hearings. “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of ...

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