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Justin Sink

Kelly Defends How Trump Handled Call to Slain Soldier’s Family

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who lost a son in combat, gave an emotional defense of how President Donald Trump handled a call to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger and assailed a Democratic congresswoman for listening in and disclosing the conversation.

Trump Encourages Obamacare Effort as Bill Gains Support

President Donald Trump said he’s supportive of the work lawmakers are doing to help temporarily stabilize Obamacare’s insurance markets, as a bill to do so was introduced Thursday with broad bipartisan support in the Senate.

Trump Embraces McConnell in Search of a Tax Win

Barely two hours after blaming congressional Republicans for failing him, President Donald Trump gave a Rose Garden embrace to the epitome of the party’s establishment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump Wants Puerto Rico Debt Handled in Court, White House Says

President Donald Trump wants Puerto Rico’s $74 billion debt to be addressed through the bankruptcy process established under a law passed last year, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, not eliminated, as he suggested in a television interview.

Trump Says Puerto Rico Has Thrown the Budget ‘Out of Whack’

President Donald Trump took measure of the widespread damage in Puerto Rico almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria, expressing concern about its impact on the federal budget as his administration finalizes a $29 billion disaster aid request covering a series of major storms.

Trump Again Compares White Supremacists, Protesters, Drawing Rebuke

President Donald Trump again drew a parallel between white supremacists and counter protesters on Thursday, drawing a mild rebuke from South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate who met with Trump to discuss racial issues a day earlier.

Trump Plans Aggressive Road Show to Sell Tax Overhaul

President Donald Trump plans an aggressive travel schedule, taking him to as many as 13 states over the next seven weeks, to sell the idea of a tax overhaul as the administration tries to avoid repeating the communications failures of its attempt to repeal Obamacare.

Pence Tells Texans Housing Biggest Challenge After Harvey

Vice President Mike Pence warned that housing for storm victims is emerging as the top long-term challenge in the recovery from Hurricane Harvey as he arrived in Texas on Thursday to view the damage and meet with survivors.

Mnuchin Says Putting Tubman on $20 Bill a Matter for Review

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may find himself dragged into the debate about America’s racial history after declining to commit to Obama administration plans to feature abolitionist Harriet Tubman on redesigned currency notes.

Bannon Says He’s ‘Going to War for Trump’ After White House Exit

Ousted White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon returned to the conservative Breitbart News website on Friday and said he’ll be “going to war” for President Donald Trump, vowing to intensify the fight he has waged against opponents of his brand of populist conservatism.

Trump Drags GOP Onto Dangerous Ground, This Time Over Race

Donald Trump is facing growing condemnation inside his own party for his explosive remarks equating neo-Nazis to counter-protesters, as the president once again created an unwelcome distraction from his legislative agenda that caught his own aides off-guard.

New York Braces as Thousands Gather to Protest Trump Visit

Thousands of people took to New York streets on Monday to protest president Donald Trump’s response to weekend violence in Virginia, clogging midtown Manhattan as he arrived for his first overnight stay in the city since taking office.

Trump Denounces White Supremacists After Backlash

President Donald Trump called out white supremacists for their role in the deadly violence over the weekend in Virginia as the administration sought to counter a backlash against his initial failure to directly hold hate groups accountable.