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Donald Trump’s unprecedented hands-on messaging carries risks

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For the third time in six months, President Donald Trump is on the hunt for a new communications director. But in practice, the job is filled.

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About that unusually tense interview between Stephanopoulos, Trump aide

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George Stephanopoulos‘ “Good Morning America” interview with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday is an instant milestone in the hostile relationship between the Trump administration and the media. In the discussion about President Donald Trump‘s weekend accusations — offered without proof — that former President Obama ordered Trump’s New York home wiretapped, Stephanopoulos repeatedly interrupted and stopped Sanders when he felt she veered from the truth. It was a crackling exchange unusual for the generally happy terrain of…

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Activists are pushing for Pinellas to be declared a sanctuary county

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Despite a published report listing it as a sanctuary county, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri adamantly rejects classifying Pinellas  with such a designation. But a group of activists who held a news conference in St. Petersburg on Tuesday want the County Commission to call themselves a ‘welcoming’ county. They met in front of City Hall to call on the members of the City Council to support a resolution, calling on the Pinellas County Commission to give themselves that title. Although there is no formal definition…

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On MSNBC, David Jolly wonders how serious Donald Trump is taking the presidency

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David Jolly is in New York this week, making the rounds at the cable news networks as one Republican not afraid to criticize Donald Trump. On his latest appearance on MSNBC’s The Last Word (with guest host Joy Reid), the former (and possibly future?) congressman from Florida’s 13th District called Trump’s first month in office “his JV moment,” specifically referring to Stephen Miller’s performance on the Sunday morning shows. Miller is the 31-year old senior adviser to Trump who is reported to be working alongside Steve…

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Donald Trump speech will focus on ‘foreign policy realism’

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Donald Trump will declare an end to nation-building if elected president, replacing it with what aides described as ‘‘foreign policy realism’’ focused on destroying the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations. In a speech the Republican presidential nominee was scheduled to deliver Monday in Ohio, Trump will argue that the country needs to work with anyone who shares that mission, regardless of other ideological and strategic disagreements. Any country that wants to work with the United States to defeat ‘‘radical…

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How Donald Trump seeks to reinvent conservatism

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Longtime observers of the conservative movement know that periodically movement conservatives are compelled to purge the more radical elements in the base. William Buckley did so with the John Birch Society over a half century ago. More recently, the magazine Buckley founded, National Review, had a couple of issues dedicated to reading the radicals out of their movement, targeting opponents of the Iraq War in 1991 and again in the early part of the last decade. These plays tended to…

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