Trump’s Attacks on the Press: Telling Escalation From Empty Threats

President Trump usually ignores the criticism that comes his way from MSNBC, the reliably liberal cable channel that, his advisers argue, will attack his administration no matter what. But two reports by the channel’s parent network, NBC News — including a scoop that the president sought to expand the nation’s nuclear arsenal — set off some of Mr. Trump’s most […]

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Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare

President Trump, after failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, will act on his own to relax health care standards on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance and may take steps to allow the sale of other health plans that skirt the health law’s requirements. The president plans to sign an executive order “to promote health care choice […]

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Iran warns of tough response if Trump scuttles nuclear deal

Iran on Wednesday warned of a tough response if President Donald Trump presses ahead with his threats to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told lawmakers during a closed session of parliament that Iran “will never renegotiate” the deal brokered with the U.S. and five other world powers, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The […]

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Amid cooperation, some Trump allies urge Russia probe fight

Even as President Donald Trump’s advisers encourage him to accept the realities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, longtime friends and allies are pushing Trump to fight back, citing concerns that his lawyers are naive to the existential threat facing the president. Trump supporters and associates inside and outside the White House see the conciliatory path as risky to the […]

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Smoke and mirrors in Trump tax plan

Nothing brings out smoke and mirrors like a tax overhaul plan, especially one as incomplete as President Donald Trump’s.A look at some of the claims emerging from the debate sparked by the plan released Wednesday: TRUMP: “I think there’s very little benefit for people of wealth.” — to reporters Wednesday THE FACTS: Actually there’s a clear and substantial benefit for […]

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Trump foreign policy pronouncements split the Republican Party

President Trump’s often-controversial foreign policy pronouncements, which have generated criticism abroad, have produced sharp divisions within the Republican coalition, with the party badly split on the issues of trade, immigration, climate change and the value of U.S. alliances, according to a new poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The council’s survey finds that Trump’s most fervent supporters solidly support […]

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