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  • Analysis: The Things People Say Right Before They Leave the Trump Administration Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)(PhatzNewsRoom / The Atlantic)    —-    Rex Tillerson’s forceful defense of President Trump, after an NBC News report said the secretary of state had called the commander-in-chief a “moron” and seriously considered quitting his job, offered few clues about his eventual fate. From Sean Spicer to Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, it’s not uncommon for Trump’s ...
  • Analysis: After tough talk on immigration, Trump waffles President Donald Trump pauses during a meeting with Congressional leaders and administration officials on tax reform, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Washington. From left, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the day he launched his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has talked tough on immigration, promising to take the kind of decisive action he accused other politicians of avoiding. This week, he waffled. Trump passed off responsibility for the fate of the 800,000 young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to ...
  • Analysis: Trump’s turn to face tricky politics of natural disasters President Donald Trump speaks about the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush never recovered from his flyover of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Barack Obama got a bipartisan boost late in his re-election campaign for his handling of Superstorm Sandy. Now, President Donald Trump confronts the political risks and potential gains that come with leading the federal government’s response to a deadly and destructive ...
  • Analysis: How President Trump Failed His Biggest Leadership Test Yet President Donald Trump gestures as he answers reporters questions in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(PhatzNewsRoom / TIME)    —-    For seven months, President Donald Trump giddily has ignored the norms of his office and tried the patience of those who had more than a passing knowledge of its history. But during Tuesday’s press conference, before the gold-plated bank of elevators inside his Midtown temple to himself, the President defended those linked ...
  • Trump Likes When C.I.A. Chief Gets Political, but Officers Are Wary 1/1 SLIDES © YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS/Reuters
(L-R) NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo arrive to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —   ASPEN, Colo. — Sweating under the hot glare of stage lights, Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, had reached the limits of his patience with questions about Russian interference in the presidential election. “Just look,” he snapped during the rare public appearance last month at the Aspen Security Forum. ...
  • Analysis: Trump turns to Russia probe to poke at his critics President Donald Trump talks with new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after he was privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/ WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the Russia investigation into a rallying cry. Far from avoiding talk of the accelerating probe into his campaign’s ties to Moscow, Trump is instead using it to stoke the outrage of his most loyal supporters. The probe, he argues, is an outgrowth of the bias and ...
  • Analysis: Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly After the U.S. intelligence community suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin drove an “influence campaign” to ensure Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential elections, the FBI testified that a counter-intelligence investigation is being conducted on the alleged Russian interference. (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-    A little more than a year after the Russian effort to interfere in the American presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout — an unraveling of the relationship between Moscow and Washington on a scale not seen in decades — is taking its toll. President Vladimir V. Putin bet that Donald ...
  • Analysis: Trump’s Power to Pardon © Alex Wong/Getty Images The White House is seen during the South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action, October 3, 2016 at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.(PhatzNewsRoom / FactCheck)    —-   President Donald Trump tweeted that “all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon.” It’s true that the president has the constitutional power to issue pardons, but there are some limits to that power. Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution says a president cannot pardon “in cases of impeachment.” It ...
  • Analysis: What happened when Walmart left WalMart1(PhatzNewsRoom / The Guarding)    —-   In West Virginia, the people of McDowell County can’t get jobs, and recently lost their biggest employer – the local Walmart store. They describe the devastating loss of jobs, community and access to fresh food. When Walmart left town, it didn’t linger over the goodbyes. It slashed the prices on all ...
  • Analysis: Obama used covert retaliation in response to Russian election meddling. Here’s why. Russian President Vladimir Putin meets President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, China, in 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images; Photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)    —-    This past weekend, The Washington Post published a new account of the Obama administration’s struggle to respond to Russian covert activity during the 2016 election — and new details on the intelligence and internal debate about retaliation. One fascinating revelation is that the White House did not simply punish Russia symbolically by ...
  • Analysis: Before James Comey’s Dismissal, a Growing Frustration at White House FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)(PhatzNewsRoom / WSJ)   —-   WASHINGTON—The more James Comey showed up on television discussing the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, the more the White House bristled, according to aides to President Donald Trump. Frustration was growing among top associates of the president that Mr. Comey, in a series of appearances before ...
  • Analysis: While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky FILE - In this March 31, 2017 file photo, a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson hangs on the wall behind President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump made puzzling claims about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War in an interview, suggesting that he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that Jackson was upset about the war that started more than a decade after his death. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The former FBI director’s memo relating President Donald Trump’s request to shut down an investigation of his ousted national security adviser is a powerful piece of evidence that could be used to build an obstruction of justice case against the president. But criminal charges of interfering with an investigation are difficult in ordinary ...
  • Opinion: Zombies of Voodoo Economics Wall-Street-crash(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT Opinion)    —-    According to many reports, Donald Trump is getting frantic as his administration nears the 100-day mark. It’s an arbitrary line in the sand, but one he himself touted in many pre-inauguration boasts. And it will be an occasion for numerous articles detailing how little of substance he has actually accomplished. Yet ...
  • Analysis: The Coming Crisis With Iran © Abedin Taherkenareh/European Pressphoto Agency Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be facing opposition from Iran’s hardliners in the upcoming Presidential election.(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-   WASHINGTON — President Trump has flip-flopped many times during his first months in office. But none may be as consequential as his decision on April 18 to certify that Iran is abiding by the nuclear deal of 2015, paving the way for further waiving of sanctions. In just a few months, ...
  • Opinion: Yes, Sean Spicer, facts do matter, especially when you mention Hitler White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)   —-    It’s hard not to feel a little something like sympathy for Sean Spicer. He serves two masters: first, a boss who reportedly has expressed dissatisfaction with his performance and second, a White House press corps that treats the daily briefing the way caged lions treat feeding hour at the zoo — ...
  • Analysis: Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more In this March 31, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Slim majorities of Americans favor independent investigations into Trump’s relationship with the Russian government and possible attempts by Russia to influence last year’s election according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hasn’t been in the White House for 100 days, yet he’s already reversed himself on many of his key campaign promises. In several interviews this week, the president has forged new positions on topics ranging from NATO to Chinese currency manipulation. They come as other campaign promises lag, including Trump’s ...
  • Opinion: Nunes is out of the Russia probe, and the Susan Rice spin collapses House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, after a meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. Nunes will temporarily step side from the panel's investigation of Russian meddling in the election because of the complaints. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)    —-    President Trump’s wild accusation and the right-wing media’s eagerness to support the claims of the Trump White House, working in cahoots with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that there was nefarious “unmasking” of Trump associates picked up in surveillance of Russian officials has proved to be a colossal flop. ...
  • Analysis: Experts Say Susan Rice Had Every Right To Request ‘Unmasking’ In Intel Reports Susan Rice NSC(PhatzNewsRoom / Talking Points)    —-    A Monday Bloomberg report alleging that a former top Obama administration official requested the unmasking of U.S. persons tied to the Trump campaign who were swept up in foreign surveillance is not the “smoking gun” that the President’s backers are making it out to be. According to surveillance and national security experts, former Obama national security adviser ...
  • Opinion: Trump’s failing presidency has the GOP in a free fall Sporting an "I Love Trucks" button, President Donald Trump speaks meets with truckers and industry CEOs regarding healthcare, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(PhatzNewsRoom / WP)    —-    In the aftermath of the GOP health-care debacle came a revealing act of candor. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan admitted that his party, which controls the House, Senate and White House, is not yet a “governing party” because it could not “get 216 people to agree with each other on how ...
  • Analysis: The Trump White House is in deep legal trouble, according to Trump’s own standards Mar-lar-go(PhatzNewsRoom / WP)   —-   President Trump on Friday urged his former top adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek an immunity deal from Congress, after news broke late Thursday that Flynn was seeking such a deal. Trump said Flynn should cut a deal because the entire thing is “a witch hunt” that ostensibly won’t lead anywhere. __ Donald J. Trump ...
  • AP FACT CHECK: Spicer says case closed on Russia. It’s not #trumpWASHINGTON (AP) — The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump’s campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president’s spokesman that it’s case closed. Sean Spicer angrily dismissed inquiries about the matter Tuesday, declaring that “every single person who’s been briefed on this, as I’ve said ad nauseam from this podium ...
  • AP Analysis: Trump’s young presidency perilously adrift First 60WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two months in, Donald Trump’s presidency is perilously adrift. His first major foray into legislating imploded Friday when House Republicans abandoned a White House-backed health care bill, resisting days of cajoling and arm-twisting from Trump himself. Aides who had confidently touted Trump as the deal’s “closer” were left bemoaning the limits of ...
  • Opinion: ‘There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air’ FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. President Donald Trump’s administration remains under scrutiny over potential ties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election. Trump has denied knowing that any of his staff had communications with Russian officials during the campaign. But congressional probes are underway, and the FBI is investigating. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-   The greatest political scandal in American history was not Aaron Burr’s shooting of Alexander Hamilton, and perhaps wasn’t even Watergate. Rather it may have been Richard Nixon’s secret efforts in 1968 to sabotage a U.S. diplomatic effort to end the Vietnam War. Nixon’s initiative, long rumored but confirmed only a few months ...
  • Opinion: All the President’s Lies © Eric Thayer for The New York Times James Comey testifying on Capitol Hill on Monday.(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)   —-   The ninth week of Donald Trump’s presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar. The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn’t use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday. Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all. But his meaning was clear as could be. Trump has ...
  • Young Americans: Most see Trump as illegitimate president Graphic shows results of GenForward poll on younger Americans’ attitudes toward Donald Trump and his presidency; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. “You can’t be saying that (if) you’re the president,” says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida. That Trump is undeniably the nation’s ...
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