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Lawmakers Reach a Bipartisan Deal to Avert a Government Shutdown

May 1, 2017 Congressional negotiators have reportedly reached a bipartisan deal to keep the government running until September. NBC has more details on the more than $1 trillion plan, which must still be approved by lawmakers: The deal includes an additional $12 billion in defense spending, which is $18 billion less than [President]...

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'There Is a Chance That We Could End Up Having a Major, Major Conflict With North Korea'

April 28, 2017 President Trump says “[t]here is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.” The comments, which were made to Reuters in an interview, come two days after senior members of his administration, in a joint statement, tried to defuse tensions with the communist...

What's Next in Syria?

April 7, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has a difficult job when he heads to Moscow next week. His Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, has already compared the U.S.’s rationale for strikes in Syria—a sarin gas attack on civilians earlier in the week widely attributed to the Assad regime—to the flawed evidence...

The US Was Already Fighting in Syria

April 6, 2017 President Trump’s remarks that he’s “changed his mind” about Syria and its leader, Bashar al-Assad, after this week’s deadly chemical attack, has raised speculation the U.S. might be considering military action in Syria. CNN reported that Trump told some congressional lawmakers he was considering military action. Reuters cited an anonymous...

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The Trump Administration Appears to Embrace Regime Change in Syria

April 6, 2017 During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump was careful to point out that he thought fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State at the same time was “madness and idiocy.” “I think that our far bigger problem than Assad is ISIS, I’ve always felt that,” he told The New...

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Trump, Citing Column, Says NSA, FBI 'Should Not Interfere in our Politics'

February 15, 2017 President Trump has repeatedly issued announcements and proposals over Twitter, during both the presidential election and the transition period, embracing the medium as a superior means of communicating with the American people compared to relying on traditional media organizations. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has promised that Trump’s tweets...

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Flynn's Calls With Russia's Ambassador: Who Knew What, and When?

February 14, 2017 Mike Flynn resigned Monday as President Trump’s national-security adviser, capping a tumultuous few weeks that began with revelations he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., before Trump’s inauguration on January 20. The nature of the conversations, what Flynn told Vice President...

'We Are Better than this Ban': US Diplomats Plan Official Dissent

January 30, 2017 U.S. State Department officials are expected to sign a memorandum opposing President Trump’s executive order on immigration, saying “We are better than this ban.” Trump’s executive order suspends the U.S. refugee intake for 120 days and bans Syrian refugees for the foreseeable future. It also bars from the country all...

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What Trump's Executive Order on Immigration Does—and Doesn't Do

January 29, 2017 President Trump signed on Friday an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely. The order has been widely criticized and praised—but it led to massive protests at several airports across the country where people...

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Trump Says He’ll Seek ‘Major Investigation Into Voter Fraud’

January 25, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly issued announcements and proposals over Twitter, during both the presidential election and the transition period, embracing the medium as a superior means of communicating with the American people compared to relying on traditional media organizations. Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has promised that...