Trump White House kept travel ban secret from its first attorney general

The White House instructed administration lawyers not to let the acting attorney general know that it was working on a travel ban temporarily barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to testimony Monday. The decision to leave Justice Department leaders in the dark on the executive order may help explain its chaotic implementation. The order was eventually blocked by a […]

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White House, GOP senators differ on whether Senate starts ‘from scratch’ on health care

The White House and fellow Republicans in the Senate differed Sunday on Congress’ next step on ObamaCare reform, with Maine Sen. Susan Collins suggesting her chamber will shelve the recently passed House measure and “start from scratch.” While President Trump and House Republicans celebrated passage of their measure Thursday with a White House Rose Garden event, concerns were already mounting […]

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White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats. It’s a sign of the intense partisanship over President Donald Trump’s outlines for cutting tax rates in hopes of stimulating faster economic growth, increasing business activity and helping the middle class. The proposal unveiled Wednesday would also repeal several […]

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Trump’s White House struggles to get out from under Russia controversy

President Trump entered his 11th week in office Friday in crisis mode, his governing agenda at risk of being subsumed by escalating questions about the White House’s conduct in the Russia probe — which the president called a “witch hunt.” Trump and his senior aides spent much of the day on the defensive, parrying the latest reports that senior administration […]

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Inside Trump’s White House, New York moderates spark infighting and suspicion

Inside the White House, they are dismissed by their rivals as “the Democrats.” Outspoken, worldly and polished, this coterie of ascendant Manhattan business figures-turned-presidential advisers is scrambling the still-evolving power centers swirling around President Trump. Led by Gary Cohn and Dina Powell — two former Goldman Sachs executives often aligned with Trump’s eldest daughter and his son-in-law — the group […]

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Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say

The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said. The message, delivered by Sally […]

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Petition Demanding Donald Trump Release His Tax Returns Breaks White House Record

A petition on the White House website asking President Donald Trump to release information about his tax returns has now received more signatures than any other petition in the system’s five-year history. The petition demands that the federal government explain what it is doing to “immediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.” It […]

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In Trump’s White House, a day of confusion and change

A meeting with a senator vanished from the White House schedule. A ceremonial executive order signing abruptly canceled. A dramatic walk-back from the press secretary on how a signature campaign promise will be funded. The first days of any new president’s term are disorderly, as a sprawling government bureaucracy and overwhelming global responsibilities are suddenly thrust upon an administration that […]

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