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How John Kelly's Trump Defense Is Being Received

Congresswoman he criticized accuses him of using 'racist term'

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly made a rare foray into the national spotlight on Thursday with his emotional defense of President Trump's call to a fallen soldier's family. Kelly's own son was killed serving in Afghanistan, lending his words a powerful impact, and the four-star... More »

Odd Story of Trump's Allegedly Fake Renoir Surfaces

The Art Institute of Chicago says it is sure its version is authentic

(Newser) - First fake news, now fake art? According to Donald Trump biographer Tim O'Brien, the president has a fake version of impressionist painting "Two Sisters (On the Terrace)" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir—only Trump asserts that it's an original. On Vanity Fair's Inside the Hive podcast, O'Brien... More »

Trump Petition Asks You to 'Show Your Patriotism'

Petition on GOP website is gathering names of those who stand for the anthem

(Newser) - Trump's ongoing battle with the NFL over national anthem protests continues, now in the form of a presidential petition. On Wednesday, the president tweeted his disappointment with the NFL's decision "that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect... More »

'Heartbroken' Kelly Defends Trump's Call to Soldier's Widow

And accuses congresswoman of 'politicizing' it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier, the AP reports. Kelly, in an unexpected and emotional appearance in the... More »

George W. Bush Doesn't Seem to Be a Fan of Trumpism

Though Thursday speech never mentioned Trump by name

(Newser) - Another prominent Republican is coming out against Trumpism without actually mentioning President Trump by name. In a speech at a Bush Institute event in New York Thursday, former president George W. Bush said that in this moment, "bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and... More »

Hypothetical Hot Dogs May Be Bad News for Trump

Comes up in lawsuit over business interests, could affect release of tax returns

(Newser) - Controversy over President Trump's refusal to release his tax returns may have fallen off the political radar, but it resurfaced in a very real way in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday. As NPR reports, that's where a hearing unfolded as part of a lawsuit brought by the watchdog... More »

Father of Slain Soldier: Trump Didn't Send Promised $25K

Check was only sent after man went public

(Newser) - The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan in June says he was "floored" when President Trump promised to write him a check for $25,000—but it never arrived. Chris Baldridge tells the Washington Post that when Trump called a few weeks after his son, Army Sgt. Dillon... More »

Strategy Emerges to Pass New ObamaCare Remedy

Bipartisan deal may get tucked into spending bill, meaning it's that or a shutdown

(Newser) - President Trump seemed to back away even further on Wednesday from his support of a bipartisan deal that would shore up ObamaCare for the near future. In a tweet , Trump said he could "never support bailing out" insurance companies, referring to the deal struck between Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander... More »

Ayatollah: No Use Responding to 'Whoppers' of Trump

Iran's leader threatens to 'shred' nuclear pact if US withdraws

(Newser) - If President Trump thinks the Iran nuclear deal should be scrapped, the ayatollah seems happy to oblige. "If the US tears up the deal, we will shred it," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday in a speech to students, per Reuters . He was referring to President Trump'... More »

Trump Gets Entangled in New Gold-Star Family Feud

Rep. Frederica Wilson pushes back after Trump says she's lying about convo on fallen soldier

(Newser) - Trump the candidate had a very public feud with a Gold Star family; Trump the president appears to be embroiled in one, too. The dust-up began with a Democratic Florida congresswoman, who says President Trump told the widow of a slain soldier that her husband "knew what he signed... More »

Fallen Soldier's Mom: Trump Never Called

She says she never heard from him even after writing letter

(Newser) - President Trump's claim Tuesday that he has called the family of every American soldier to die during his presidency was simply untrue, reports the AP , which found three families that never got the call. Two of them didn't receive a letter. Sheila Murphy, whose Army son died in... More »

Trump Warns McCain, Who Shrugs It Off

President says if he fights back, 'it won't be pretty'

(Newser) - John McCain took a not-so-subtle jab at Trump Nation on Monday when he criticized "half-baked, spurious nationalism." President Trump, famous for his counterpunches, has responded with a not-so-subtle statement of his own. "People have to [be] careful, because at some point I fight back," he told... More »

White House: Obama Didn't Call John Kelly When Son Died

Trump had earlier Tuesday suggested Kelly be asked if he got a call

(Newser) - President Trump addressed his Monday comments regarding how his predecessors communicated with the families of fallen soldiers without budging, and this time he brought chief of staff John Kelly into it. He originally claimed that "most of" his predecessors didn't make such calls, including President Obama, a stance... More »

Trump: Other Presidents Didn't Call Families of Fallen Soldiers

He says most of his predecessors 'didn't make calls'

(Newser) - President Trump seemed to politicize the calling of the families of fallen soldiers Monday when he was asked about four US servicemen killed in an ambush in Niger last week. Trump, speaking at a White House press conference, said he plans to call their families as he has done "... More »

Trump: My Relationship With McConnell Is 'Very Good'

He insists that despite reports, they are 'closer than ever before'

(Newser) - Relations are reportedly chilly between President Trump and Mitch McConnell, but after their private meeting Monday, Trump told reporters he and the Senate majority leader have "been friends for a long time" and are now, "despite what we read ... closer than ever before. And the relationship is very... More »

9 VPs Have 'Assumed' the Presidency. What If He's 10?

Jane Mayer takes a long look at Mike Pence for the 'New Yorker'

(Newser) - Of the 48 men to have served as vice president of the United States, nine have "assumed the presidency" due to death or a resignation, observes Jane Mayer in what Axios reports is a 16-page New Yorker piece on the current VP. Of the likelihood that Mike Pence could... More »

The 10 Things Americans Fear the Most

Corruption and ... TrumpCare

(Newser) - 2017 marked "a pronounced shift" in American fears. Christopher Bader of Chapman University, which has released its fourth annual Survey of American Fears , notes "environmental fears" are prominent in the 10 biggest fears of Americans for the first time, per a release . For the third year in a... More »

N. Korea's Spies Took Her in '77. Trump Wants to Help Find Answers

President to meet with parents of Japan's Megumi Yokota, snatched at age 13 to serve as tutor

(Newser) - Forty years ago, a Japanese teen was abducted while walking home, one of at least 17 people kidnapped by North Korea in the '70s and '80s to serve as language and cultural tutors to the nation's spies. Now, President Trump has plans to meet with Megumi Yokota'... More »

Trump Hits NBC Again, but GOP Senator Has a Question

Ben Sasse suggests president is forgetting his oath to defend the 1st Amendment

(Newser) - President Trump isn't relenting in his criticism of NBC. "Sadly, they and others are Fake News, and the public is just beginning to figure it out!" the president tweeted Friday. It was an echo of a tweet Thursday evening in which the president said NBC was "... More »

Seth Meyers to Viewers: It's Me or Trump

He slams 'male entitlement' of Trump, Weinstein

(Newser) - Seth Myers is making clear this week that he's not worried about turning away supporters of President Trump. Late Night viewers who support Trump are going to have "get off the fence" and choose one or the other, he said Wednesday, echoing Eminem's ultimatum . "Do you... More »

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