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K.T. McFarland to leave White House amid NSC shakeup K.T. McFarland to leave White House amid NSC shakeup
President Trump will ask K.T. McFarland to step down as deputy national security adviser and serve instead as ambassador to Singapore, giving National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster a chance to pick his own lieutenant, two administration officials confirmed. The officials confirmed a report by Bloomberg Politics and spoke on the condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to discuss p...
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Syria strikes draw Capitol Hill support, calls for greater congressional role Syria strikes draw Capitol Hill support, calls for greater congressional role
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against Syria sparked an intense and wide-ranging response Friday from lawmakers in Congress about what should come next, even as the president won bipartisan plaudits for his action. Some GOP hawks said the Trump administration should push for the ouster of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and deploy U.S. ground troops, while others s...
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U.S. missile strike on Syria: Here's what we know U.S. missile strike on Syria: Here's what we know
The U.S. launched cruise missiles against Syria on Friday, a day after President Trump said a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 86, including dozens of women and children, “crossed many, many” lines. Here’s what we know so far: What's the background to the attack? In 2013 President Obama set a "red line" against the use of chemical weapons by Syria's President Bashar Assad. The ...
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Trump says Syria attack "crossed a lot of lines" for me, vows policy change Trump says Syria attack "crossed a lot of lines" for me, vows policy change
WASHINGTON — President Trump opened a news conference with a key Middle East ally Wednesday by denouncing this week's chemical attack in Syria and suggesting his administration would develop a new policy toward Bashar al-Assad's government. At a Rose Garden news conference, Trump accused the Assad government of being behind the "horrific" attack that targeted "women, small children, and even be...
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Trump's meeting with Egyptian leader to push human rights to the background Trump's meeting with Egyptian leader to push human rights to the background
WASHINGTON — President Trump's meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the White House Monday may represent the strongest signal yet that Trump is making counter-terrorism a top priority — even if it comes at the expense of human rights in the region. White House aides said Trump hopes to use Monday's meeting to "reboot" the relationship and reestablish a connection made when th...
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White House top aides raked in millions last year White House top aides raked in millions last year
WASHINGTON — President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are keeping vast real estate holdings, including Ivanka’s share of the Trump Hotel blocks from the White House where they are both top advisers to the new president. The couple could be worth at least $240 million with their holdings potentially exceeding $740 million, according to a financial report released by the ...
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Here are 10 Obama environmental policies Trump wants to scrap Here are 10 Obama environmental policies Trump wants to scrap
WASHINGTON — An executive order President Trump signed Tuesday won't just repeal his predecessor's regulations on power plants. It's a sweeping demolition of Obama-era policies on coal mining, fracking, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Trump's executive order takes aim at a wide range of Obama policy tools, including executive orders, presidential memoranda, regulations and policy g...
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GOP’s Obamacare obituary is premature GOP’s Obamacare obituary is premature
Republicans repeatedly claim that Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” collapsing of its own weight. This is wishful thinking on their part, with little evidence to support it. Examples of the GOP line: “[T]he law is collapsing,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said over the weekend on Fox News Sunday. He cited limited choices in some states and insurance companies pulling out of some markets, and ...
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Vice President Pence meets with his "second-favorite" Reagans Vice President Pence meets with his "second-favorite" Reagans
Vice President Pence has long said Ronald Reagan was his inspiration for becoming a Republican. On Saturday, he met with the next best thing. Ronald Reagan Foster and Nancy Reagan Foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down Pence held with small business owners in Charleston, W. Va. Pence called them “m...
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Donald Trump: Tax reform next after healthcare failure Donald Trump: Tax reform next after healthcare failure
US President Donald Trump says he will turn to tax reform, following his failure to get his healthcare bill through Congress on Friday. The draft bill would have scrapped the Affordable Care Act of his predecessor Barack Obama, which was opposed by Mr Trump's Republican party for years. Obamacare requires all Americans to have healthcare but offers subsidies to people on low incomes. Mr T...
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