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McConnell: Trump and I Are Speaking

Anyone suggesting otherwise is just 'not part of the conversation'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he and President Trump are in regular contact about "shared goals" and working together to advance them. He says people suggesting otherwise are "clearly not part of the conversation." McConnell says priorities include tax overhaul, spending, and other bills. The Kentucky... More »

Trump's 'Extraordinary' Threat: Money for Wall, or a Shutdown

He also hinted that he'd like to terminate NAFTA

(Newser) - President Trump was speaking in Reno Wednesday even as the assessment continued over his Tuesday night rally in Phoenix. In Arizona, he didn't just vent about the media , he also made headlines on multiple policy fronts. Among other things, he renewed his push for a border wall in a... More »

Trump Has Clapper Worried About Nukes; 2 Reactions

Former national intelligence director leery of president's temper after Phoenix rally

(Newser) - President Trump's Tuesday night rally in Phoenix, during which he unleashed a familiar rant about the media, has brought out his critics in force. But perhaps the critic drawing the most attention is former National Intelligence Director James Clapper. "I really question his ability to be—his fitness... More »

Trump, McConnell Aren't Speaking After Angry Call

Elaine Chao: 'I stand by my man—both of them'

(Newser) - President Trump and Mitch McConnell have taken potshots at each other in public of late, but that's nothing compared to what's going on in private, reports the New York Times . A lengthy story describes their relations as of the "Cold War" variety, and it says the two... More »

In Phoenix, Trump Defends Virginia Remarks, Bashes Media

He doesn't pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but implies it's coming soon

(Newser) - President Trump unleashed a new torrent of criticism on the media Tuesday night over the coverage of his Charlottesville remarks. At a political rally in Phoenix, Trump also stopped short of pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but strongly he hinted he would do so soon, reports NBC News . "It’... More »

Ex-CIA Officer Trying to Buy Enough of Twitter to Ban Trump

Valerie Plame Wilson started GoFundMe to buy controlling interest

(Newser) - Kal Penn tried to get the president banned from Twitter by invoking the social network's Terms of Service. Valerie Plame Wilson is going a step further. The former CIA officer has launched an effort to raise enough money to buy a controlling stake in the company and then shut... More »

German Cops Seize Pills With a Familiar Look

Yes, those are Trump-themed ecstasy pills

(Newser) - Ich bin ein ecstasy pill. German police made a strange bust over the weekend that resulted in the seizure of 5,000 orange ecstasy pills in the shape of President Trump's head, reports CNN . In case there was any room for disagreement, the name Trump is on the back... More »

Phoenix Braces for Protests as Trump Visits for Rally

Throngs of protesters expected, and an Arpaio pardon is possible

(Newser) - The city of Phoenix is on edge as President Trump plans to visit for a Tuesday evening rally. The Hill frames the matter thusly: Will there be more supporters inside the city's convention center—it holds 29,000—or opponents outside it? One question in the balance is whether... More »

Coal Companies Seeking Help From Energy Dept. Rejected

One CEO says President Trump personally promised him relief

(Newser) - The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him, the AP reports. The Energy Department says it considered issuing the order sought by companies seeking... More »

Breitbart Slams Trump 'Flip-Flop' on Afghanistan

Generals talked Trump into changing mind

(Newser) - In what some of his critics on the right saw as a decision as bad as looking at the eclipse without glasses , President Trump announced Monday night that he is going against his "original instinct" and reaffirming the US commitment in Afghanistan instead of pulling troops out. Trump had... More »

Trump: I'm Going Against My 'Original Instinct' in Afghanistan

He originally wanted to withdraw, but says that would repeat mistake of Iraq

(Newser) - President Trump made a rare formal address to the nation Monday night to reaffirm the US commitment in Afghanistan, but he declined to talk about troop numbers or deadlines. Those factors will be based on "conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables," he said, adding that he doesn'... More »

President Stares at Sun Without Glasses

Trump later did don eye protection

(Newser) - One person who apparently did not heed the warnings about how to view Monday's solar eclipse: the president. As multiple outlets including USA Today report, President Trump appeared to look at the sun without any protective eye wear for at least a moment during the eclipse. Space.com '... More »

1K Secret Service Agents Have Maxed Out on Hours

Well, paid hours, that is

(Newser) - The Secret Service's motto is "Worthy of Trust and Confidence." A new report from USA Today suggests agents might want to petition for the addition of "and Being Paid in Full" to the end of that. The agency's director tells the paper that more than... More »

One Factor in Trump's Afghan Decision: Mining Riches

Trump expected to announce increase in troops, also eyes Afghanistan minerals

(Newser) - President Trump formally goes before the nation at 9pm EDT Monday—his first such forum since addressing a joint session of Congress in February—to lay out his strategy for the war in Afghanistan. The big expected takeaway: an announcement of an increase in troops with the goal of reversing... More »

How Charlottesville Shook Up Plans for Bannon's Exit

He says it's the most divided administration in history

(Newser) - Steve Bannon had planned an orderly departure from the White House, but it was scuppered by the violence in Charlottesville, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times that new White House chief of staff John Kelly told the White House strategist in July that he would have to leave... More »

Liberty Alums Give Back Diploma in Trump Protest

'I'll have to have my mom dig it out of storage'

(Newser) - President Trump has long enjoyed the backing of Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., but a group of the evangelical school's alumni are taking an unusual stand against that support in the wake of the violence in neighboring Charlottesville, Va. "I'm sending my diploma back because the... More »

Steve Bannon Is Leaving White House

White House confirms Friday is his last day

(Newser) - Steve Bannon is out as White House chief strategist. After multiple reports surfaced about his imminent departure, the White House confirmed that Friday is Bannon's last day on the job, reports the New York Times . One of the newspaper's sources says the resignation was actually Bannon's idea,... More »

1st White House Department Quits in Protest of Trump Comments

The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities is out

(Newser) - The first White House department has resigned in protest of President Trump's comments on neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and Charlottesville, Politico reports. The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities—which includes actor Kal Penn, as well as artists, authors, and more—sent a letter to Trump Friday announcing... More »

Famed Author to Jews: Trump Just 'Told Us' Who He Is

Author, wife Ayelet Waldman pen withering letter to Jews who support president

(Newser) - The latest to come out against President Trump after his words on Charlottesville: author Michael Chabon and his wife. The writer, who has a Pulitzer Prize under his belt for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, penned "an open letter to our fellow Jews" on Medium . In it,... More »

Volatile Post About Trump May End Lawmaker's Career

Missouri's Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she hoped president would be assassinated

(Newser) - A state lawmaker in Missouri may have derailed her own political career with a jaw-dropping online post about the president. "I hope Trump is assassinated!" state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote during a Facebook exchange on her personal, non-public page Thursday morning. The Democrat preceded it by writing that... More »

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