Politics

State Department Deletes Mar-A-Lago Promotion

Talking Points Memo reports: The State Department on Monday removed a blog post promoting President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida following criticism from ethics advocates and Democrats, and questions from reporters. The post boasting Mar-A-Lago as the “Winter White House” was posted to the State Department’s ShareAmerica website and had also been posted by the U.S. embassies in the …

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Trump Backs Off Border Wall Funding [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump indicated an openness on Monday to delaying his push to secure funds for his promised border wall with Mexico, potentially eliminating a sticking point as lawmakers worked to avoid a looming shutdown of the federal government. Trump, in a private meeting with conservative media outlets, said he may wait until Republicans begin drafting the …

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State Department Site Pitches Mar-A-Lago

USA Today reports: An article about Mar-a-lago started making the Twitter rounds Monday afternoon after users — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. — noticed that it was appearing on the official website for the U.S. embassy in London. But where did it come from? The post, which describes the Trump property as the “winter White House” and details …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

UPI reports: Press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday is scheduled to hold a daily press briefing at the White House. He is set to answer questions from reporters at 1:30 p.m. The briefing comes as President Donald Trump has a full day of meetings with U.S. and world officials. In the morning, Trump was scheduled to speak by phone with …

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Nikki Haley On Possible US Strike On North Korea: We’ll Act If Kim Jong-Un Gives Us A Reason To Act [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, suggested the White House might consider military retaliation if North Korea’s leader fails to stand down from its aggressive military posture. “We are not going to do anything unless he gives us a reason to do something, so our goal is not to start a fight,” she said …

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Trump Won’t Fire Press Secretary Sean Spicer Because “That Guy Gets Great Ratings, Everybody Tunes In”

The Washington Post reports: During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in President Trump’s tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go. The president’s response was swift and unequivocal. “I’m not firing Sean Spicer,” he said, according …

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Trump: Yesterday’s Polls Are Totally Fake News Except For The Parts I Like Which Contain “Very Positive Info”

The Hill reports: President Trump on Monday said recent polls that came out this weekend examining his approval rating as he approaches his 100th day in office included some “very positive info.” On Sunday, Trump touted the new polls, saying they were “very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative.” An ABC News/Washington Post …

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Trump To Sign Executive Order Which May Undo Obama And Clinton’s National Monument Designations

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: President Donald Trump this week will order a review of national monument designations — including southern Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — as part of a wide look at a century-old law that allows presidents to set aside federal lands without congressional approval. On Wednesday, Trump will sign an executive order to demand that …

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John Oliver Tears Into Ivanka And Jared [VIDEO]

Mashable recaps: Ever wondered exactly what kind of influence Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have in the White House? Well John Oliver is here to tell you. In an epic 25-minute rant on Last Week Tonight, Oliver breaks down exactly what the couple many think of as a “moderating influence” on Trump actually do — and what, if anything, makes …

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Trump To Have “Highly Unusual” Dinner With SCOTUS

Law Newz reports: The White House announced Sunday that President Donald Trump will have dinner Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court. “That evening, the President will have dinner with the Justices of the Supreme Court, including his successfully confirmed nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch,” the announcement read. Judging by the wording, it seems like all nine are expected show up, though …

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FRANCE: Emmanuel Macron And Fascist Marine Le Pen Win First Round In Presidential Election [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: The centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have won the first round of voting in French presidential elections, projected results say. Mr Macron won 23.7%, while Ms Le Pen won 21.7%, French TV says. The two saw off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and the hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, according to the projections. …

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POLL: Trump Sets Another Disapproval Record [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: There’s no honeymoon for Donald Trump in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, but also no regrets: He approaches his 100th day in office with the lowest approval rating at this point of any president in polls since 1945 –- yet 96 percent of those who supported him in November say they’d do it again today. His …

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Trump “Congratulates” Soldier For Earning Purple Heart

Slate reports: President Donald Trump raised more than a few eyebrows during his first visit as president to Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday when he awarded the Purple Heart to Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos. “When I heard about this, I wanted to do it myself,” Trump told Barrientos as he placed the Purple Heart on the …

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Carter Page: I’m The Real Victim Here [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Former Trump advisor Carter Page defended himself during a CNN appearance on Saturday, amidst mounting reports about his alleged contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. “I was never, nothing I was ever asked to do or no information I was ever asked for, was anything beyond what you could see on CNN,” Page told CNN’s …

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REPORT: FBI Intel Suggests Russian Spies Worked To Infiltrate The Trump Campaign Via His Advisors

CNN reports: The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials. The new information adds to the emerging picture of how the Russians tried to influence the 2016 election, not only through email hacks and propaganda but also by trying to infiltrate …

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Trump Expresses Support For Marine Le Pen But Doesn’t Give Explicit Endorsement, French Election Is Sunday

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump says he believes Thursday’s attack in Paris will “probably help” far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France’s upcoming election. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says he is not explicitly endorsing Le Pen. But he says he believes she will be helped by the attack that left a Paris police officer dead, because …

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Trump Claims DREAMers Should “Rest Easy”

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump says young immigrants shielded from deportation — often referred to as “dreamers” — should “rest easy” about his immigration policies. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says he is “not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.” He says “that is our policy.” President Barack Obama changed enforcement priorities to …

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House Intel Committee Asks John Brennan, James Tapper, Sally Yates To Testify Publicly On Trump/Russia

Business Insider reports: The House Intelligence Committee announced on Friday that it had extended invitations to three former officials with knowledge of Russia’s interference in the US election to testify in an open hearing in May, over a month after the committee’s chairman first scrapped the session. “Yesterday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent two letters related to …

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