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Donald Trump looking to Sarah Huckabee Sanders in tough moments

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Faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president’s wiretapping claims, Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t flinch, she went folksy. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” she pulled out a version of an old line from President Lyndon Johnson: “If the president walked across the Potomac, the media would be reporting that he could not swim.” The 34-year-old spokeswoman for President Donald Trump was schooled in hardscrabble politics — and down-home rhetoric — from a young age by her father,…

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Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House

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They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it’s their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss. There’s a mass exodus underway this week at the White House. As Obama holds his last news conference Wednesday, his staff is busy packing up their offices and…

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White House: All GOP candidates should disavow Donald Trump

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The White House says any Republican presidential candidate too scared of the GOP political base to condemn Donald Trump shouldn’t be president. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. is disqualifying. He says every Republican presidential candidate should say that they wouldn’t support Trump if he is the GOP nominee. Earnest described Trump’s campaign as a “carnival-barker routine.” The White House is deeming Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims as harmful to the United…

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Josh Earnest gives props to Obama administration for Paris attacks response

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest credited President Barack Obama‘s “early investment in our military and our intelligence” that put the French “in a position to carry out this kind of response” to last week’s Paris attacks. Earnest spoke Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “The United States and France has been for some time working to deepen our military and intelligence cooperation when it comes to Syria,” Earnest said. “And we have done that and we followed through on that. “And…

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Donald Trump’s self-paid presidential run means he’s not going away

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Donald Trump faced an avalanche of fresh criticism Monday for questioning Sen. John McCain‘s heroism. But he’s getting no pressure at all from the one community that could push a candidate out of the 2016 presidential race: political donors. The billionaire businessman is paying for his own campaign, and that means Republicans may have him around far longer than some party leaders would like. “Nobody leaves a race because they get tired, or because they think they don’t have the…

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Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who’s in control

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Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and President Barack Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. On some fronts, Obama has held his ground, watching near-gleefully as Republicans bungled early attempts to legislate and put their own internal disputes on vivid display. But lawmakers are challenging his authority on foreign policy, threatening to gum up major trade and climate…

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