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Donald Trump steps up effort to dispute and distract on Russia

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After weeks on the defensive, President Donald Trump has stepped up his efforts to dispute, downplay and distract from revelations stemming from the investigations into the Kremlin’s interference in last year’s election and possible Russian ties to his campaign associates. The White House says the real story is not about Russia — it’s about how Obama administration officials allegedly leaked and mishandled classified material about Americans. Trump and his aides have accused former officials of inappropriately disclosing — or “unmasking”…

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White House says real story is about leaking, not Russia

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On the defensive, the White House is throwing counter punches to deflect attention from three investigations into the Kremlin’s interference in last year’s election and possible Russian ties to President Donald Trump or his associates. The White House says the real story is not about Russia, but about how Obama administration officials allegedly leaked and mishandled classified material about Americans. Reaching back to campaign mode, Trump aides also contend that Hillary Clinton had more extensive ties to Moscow than Trump.…

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Donald Trump, Month Two: Talks on health care and on tax overhaul

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As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans. Both issues thrust Trump, a real estate executive who has never held elected office, into the unfamiliar world of legislating. The president has thus far relied exclusively on executive powers to muscle through policy priorities and has offered few details about…

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Donald Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

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President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn. Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach, Florida, club and said McMaster is “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.” The president’s choice further elevated the influence of military officers in the new administration. Trump, who has no military or foreign policy experience, has shown a strong…

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Emotions raw over Donald Trump immigration, refugee stance at Tampa Tiger Bay Club

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Tensions over Donald Trump were high at the Friday meeting of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. The president’s recent travel ban on seven mostly Muslim countries and his executive order expanding the authority for individual immigration officers to detain and deport undocumented immigrants are two of the most explosive issues he addressed in his first month in office. Pressure those events have engendered were reproduced to some extent the luncheon event at the Ferguson Law Center. “No matter what your view is on immigration,…

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Out like Flynn: The Firing of National Security adviser Mike Flynn

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“In like Flynn” has been part of American language since the 1940s. The San Francisco Examiner in February 1942 contained the first known use of the term when it stated: “Answer these questions correctly, and your name is Flynn, meaning you’re in …” Within a few months, the term became closely identified with movie idol Errol Flynn. Flynn had developed a reputation as a fighter, drinker and womanizer. In November 1942, Flynn was accused by two underage girls of statutory…

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Donald Trump says White House ‘fine-tuned machine,’ despite turmoil

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Donald Trump mounted an aggressive defense of his young presidency Thursday, lambasting reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and vowing to crack down on the leaking of classified information. Nearly a month into his presidency, Trump insisted in a freewheeling White House news conference that his new administration had made “significant progress” and took credit for an optimistic business climate and a rising stock market. The president denounced media reports of a chaotic start to…

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