Kasich tentatively slated to meet with Trump

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ac2959493b4d1f9b78e6e1d2bbc9e4a4.jpeg (CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich is tentatively slated to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, three sources familiar with the plan told CNN Monday. A Kasich adviser said the White House didn’t offer an explicit agenda for the meeting. A senior administration official said the meeting is still tentative but is… Read more »

Lewandowski: If Manafort was contacting Russians, Trump didn’t know

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4534ced64ee5cb43537997d687e40f97.jpeg Washington (CNN)If Donald Trump’s campaign aides like Paul Manafort were contacting Russian officials during the campaign, then the President had nothing to do with it, claims former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. “If anybody crossed a line and gave information to a foreign agent or foreign government or foreign intelligence official, whether that’s Paul Manafort… Read more »

White House confirms adviser reassigned after disagreeing with Trump

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16e806f912c5fd852edccb1b0bd1902a.jpeg West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)A senior National Security Council adviser was reassigned to his old job at the National Defense University, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Sunday, after he criticized the Trump administration’s Latin American policies. Craig Deare was removed from his role as a senior adviser at the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division… Read more »

DHS memos describe aggressive new immigration, border enforcement policies

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3dd7b7bc36ec7d22f832930a00057dc0.jpeg (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is set to release guidance on President Donald Trump’s immigration and border security executive orders that has sweeping implications for undocumented immigrants in the United States and those seeking to enter in the future. The memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to agency chiefs, obtained by CNN, are the… Read more »

Flint water crisis: Report says ‘systemic racism’ played role

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fc645956e21673669d5ddf1ad355af35.jpeg (CNN)A government-appointed civil rights commission in Michigan says systemic racism helped to cause the Flint water crisis, according to a report released Friday. The 129-page report does not claim there were any specific violations of state civil rights laws, but says “historical, structural and systemic racism combined with implicit bias” played a role in the… Read more »

Haass warns of ‘real doubts’ among allies over US reliability, says Tillerson is ‘home alone’

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5225d51b07695ee53f425a1e26c6ad23.jpeg (CNN)A leading foreign policy expert cautioned Friday that the Trump administration’s departure from traditional US foreign policy positions has created “real doubts” among allies. Richard Haass, the president of the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations, also told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “essentially home alone” at the State… Read more »

National Security Council vacuum sparks crisis fears

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b4b7e2c6160ec07b1c9b90c5933fd238.jpeg Washington (CNN)The vacant spot atop the National Security Council is triggering anxiety that the White House is ill-prepared to face a sudden foreign policy crisis amid fresh concern about politics at play in the Situation Room. President Donald Trump is expected to interview several candidates this weekend to replace Michael Flynn, the short-tenured national security… Read more »

Virginia man who tried to aid ISIS sentenced

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d6c37e9eff3d2d9aadf388b5a1d0c059.jpeg Washington (CNN)A Virginia man who appeared set on inspiring attacks in Washington by adherents to ISIS was sentenced on Friday to eight and a half years in prison. Haris Qamar pleaded guilty in October to attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group and was sentenced by US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, the… Read more »

DACA: 10 questions on program that protects ‘Dreamers’

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3c5cc4e41f9c4f350e93d2d9be592353.jpeg (CNN)Could former President Barack Obama’s signature immigration measure be headed for the chopping block? It’s a key question that’s been looming since President Donald Trump took office. But so far, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — which Obama created with an executive order in 2012 — remains in place. Debate over the issue… Read more »

Trump backs off two-state framework for Israeli-Palestinian deal

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2643a1dc15c9c8708deca634f3b39906.jpeg Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump rejected the long-established US framework for Middle East peacemaking at a White House visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday as he announced his desire to reach “the ultimate deal.” In staking his claim to a prize that has eluded many a leader before him, Trump previewed the nascent outlines… Read more »

Wasserman Schultz: Trump aides’ Russian contact ‘reeks of collusion’

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0d008db491c804941e2b3a50d5b48709.jpeg Washington (CNN)The former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that reported contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign aides and Russia amounted to collusion. Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” the media reports necessitated an “independent, bipartisan investigation.” “With every passing day, it gets more and more disturbing, and… Read more »

Feinstein, Grassley seek full briefing, transcripts of Flynn calls

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637baae7d739debee2e3d8b12b7a1ba0.jpeg Washington (CNN)A bipartisan Senate duo is asking for the Justice Department to release details and transcripts that triggered the fall of Michael Flynn, the President Donald Trump’s national security adviser who was fired Monday. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, the top Republican and Democrat respectively on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote to the Justice… Read more »

Trump announces first post-inauguration campaign rally

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379af3991a7425dab079520adfafeb21.jpeg Washington (CNN)Less than a month into office, President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the first rally since his inauguration. The President tweeted an announcement for the rally set for Saturday in Melbourne, Florida. “Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5pm for a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport!” Trump tweeted.

US Special Ops chief: More than 60,000 ISIS fighters killed

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2a57ffc1be6eefcd999f4d1d10495883.jpeg Washington (CNN)The US Special Operations head said Tuesday that the US and its allies had eliminated more than 60,000 ISIS fighters. “We have killed over 60,000,” Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, commander of US Special Operations command, told a symposium Maryland. Thomas oversees America’s elite Special Operations troops, including Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, which… Read more »

Mulvaney faces new GOP hurdles for budget director, threatening confirmation

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a1c1a2b6e40eea9cde766be7a510c147.jpeg Washington (CNN)Rep. Mick Mulvaney is facing fresh GOP resistance ahead of his confirmation vote this week as President Donald Trump’s budget director, with a veteran Senate Republican privately raising concerns about a nomination that now hangs in the balance in the Senate. Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is concerned… Read more »

US opposes Palestinian’s appointment to top UN post

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eaab74cde5c48530c6ba3ac02d6ce20e.jpeg (CNN)The Trump administration opposed the appointment of a senior Palestinian leader for a top United Nations post Friday over concern that the move would boost the Palestinian cause at the world body. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres sent a letter to the Ukraine ambassador, who serves as president of the Security Council, informing the council… Read more »

Donald Trump’s Asia pivot

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1338e590d1dcc75142d6d2701a14b64e.jpeg Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump now has his own Asia pivot. In less than 24 hours, Trump distanced himself from the incendiary tone he struck on China and Japan while running for office. Acting more as a statesman than a populist insurgent candidate, Trump implied he will operate within the conventional US foreign policy framework towards… Read more »

Piling on: More New England Patriots skipping White House visit

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68e05dc7a085da8126ca57873d66943e.jpeg Washington (CNN)Four more New England Patriots said they won’t be accompanying their teammates to the White House later this year, where the Super Bowl 51 champions are set to be honored by President Donald Trump. Defensive end Chris Long, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Dont’a Hightower are joining defensive back… Read more »

Democrats applaud decision against Trump’s travel ban

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dc73f3c6374e03c1d6aacd7405d59416.jpeg Washington (CNN)Democrats were gleeful Thursday after a federal appeals court declined to reinstate President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s leading Democrat, said in a tweet it was time for Trump to “see the writing on the wall, abandon proposal, roll up his sleeves & come up w/ a real, bipartisan plan… Read more »

Threats against judges in immigration ban cases leads to increased security

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69fa98623dc29a8962a4b2944a24aebf.jpeg (CNN)Threats against more than one judge involved in legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration have prompted federal and local law enforcement agencies to temporarily increase security protection for some of them, according to law enforcement officials. CNN did not learn how specific the threats were, but law enforcement agencies treated them… Read more »

First on CNN: Southwest border apprehensions down sharply in January

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0e8be4b5f926b22b91c7667b578455ab.jpeg Washington (CNN)Apprehensions at the southern border decreased sharply in January, according to statistics obtained by CNN — a drop in line with yearly seasonal trends but that could give President Donald Trump an early talking point in his efforts to ramp up border security. According to preliminary Customs and Border Protection numbers for January obtained… Read more »