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Why 'cloture' and 'nuclear option' are keys to Trump's Supreme Court pick Why 'cloture' and 'nuclear option' are keys to Trump's Supreme Court pick
WASHINGTON President Trump's announcement of Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee is fueling speculation that Senate Republicans may use a procedure known as the "nuclear option" to ensure that they can confirm a new justice even if Democrats oppose Trump's choice. Here's what that means: It starts with "cloture" and "filibuster" Senate procedure requires an agreement to move any issue ...
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Trump visits Central Command, says he's 100% behind the troops Trump visits Central Command, says he's 100% behind the troops
Making his first official visit to the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, President Trump told troops Monday that he is "100%" behind them in the fight against "radical Islamic terrorism." "To these forces of death and destruction, America and its allies will defeat you," Trump said during a visit to MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, Fla. The president echoed some of his campaign promi...
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Trump calls for 'careful' border checks after travel ban setback Trump calls for 'careful' border checks after travel ban setback
President Donald Trump says he has told US border officials to check people entering America "very carefully", as his travel ban remains suspended. He said the courts were "making the job very difficult", and should take the blame if something happened. The federal appeals court on Saturday rejected the Trump administration's request to reinstate the ban. The ban, affecting people from se...
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Trump defends refugee policy amid lawsuits and protests Trump defends refugee policy amid lawsuits and protests
President Trump and aides spent Sunday defending their ban on refugees from seven Middle East countries as a counter-terrorism measure, all in the face of lawsuits, congressional criticism, and mass protests across the United States. "Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW," Trump tweeted. "Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess." L...
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What you need to know about Trump's immigration plan What you need to know about Trump's immigration plan
President Trump suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven Muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States. The order, signed Friday, also bars all Syrians from entering the U.S., and gives preference in admiss...
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Trump's first proclamation lacks the humility of his predecessors' Trump's first proclamation lacks the humility of his predecessors'
WASHINGTON Buried under a stack of presidential paperwork President Trump signed shortly after his inauguration was his first official proclamation, declaring last Friday a "National Day of Patriotic Devotion." But by the time anyone found out about it, it was already over. Trump proclaimed the day to honor his own inauguration, proclaiming a "new national pride" that would "strengthen our...
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Trump wields his presidential pen, signing memos on trade, hiring, abortion Trump wields his presidential pen, signing memos on trade, hiring, abortion
WASHINGTON President Trump signed three presidential directives Monday, withdrawing U.S. support for a Pacific trade deal, imposing a hiring freeze in civilian agencies, and restoring and expanding the so-called Mexico City policy that prohibits U.S. aid from supporting international groups that promote abortion. Along with an executive order signed Friday on Obamacare and another White House...
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World leaders line up to talk, meet with Trump World leaders line up to talk, meet with Trump
World leaders from Mexico, Canada and Israel had their first conversations with President Trump over the weekend, ahead of his first face-to-face visit with British Prime Minister Theresa May later this week. While foreign policy analysts are unsure whether the new president will charge ahead with promises he made during the campaign, they expect Trump to transfer his business tactics to the di...
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Hillary Clinton goes with white, again Hillary Clinton goes with white, again
Former secretary of State and Trump's election opponent Hillary Clinton chose to go with white. Again. Her wardrobe is reminiscent of the suit she wore for her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention and one she wore for the last debate. White was one of the main colors of the suffragette movement. She sent a tweet or at least her account did shortly after she arrived at ...
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Trump's 48-hour inauguration schedule Trump's 48-hour inauguration schedule
President-elect Trump has a busy 48 hours of inaugural-related activities, highlighted by his swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States at noon Friday. Trump press secretary Sean Spicer announced the official schedule Thursday. All times are Eastern and subject to change except for the oath of office, which is mandated by the Constitution. Thursday 12:30 p.m.: Trump will atte...
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