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Donald Trump's Trade War Will Hurt His Voters Worst of All

New tariffs could offer the sternest test of his base's loyalty to date.Donald Trump’s new tariffs have already grabbed his rural, red-state …

Trump reportedly puts a Fox News host on speakerphone during meetings in the Oval Office - SFGate

• <b>President Donald Trump reportedly puts Fox News host Lou Dobbs on speakerphone during White House meetings.</b>• <b><br>Trump reportedly tells Dobbs about the administration's more sensitive issues, and asks him for advice.</b>• <b><br>Trump and Dobbs hold similar views, and Dobbs defends Trump on TV while Trump praises</b> …

Trump’s fury could cost Amazon one of the largest cloud contracts in history

The recent tweets by President Trump railing against Amazon could have very real repercussions for the tech giant, which is currently considered the front-runner to land a $10 billion cloud services contract with the Pentagon.<p>A story today by Vanity Fair cited inside sources who claimed Trump was …

A Third Woman Is Suing To Break A Trump-Related Nondisclosure Agreement

Jessica Denson says she experienced sexual harassment while working on Trump's 2016 campaign.<p>Jessica Denson, the former head of Hispanic outreach for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, is suing his campaign organization in an attempt to nullify a nondisclosure agreement she entered into while …

Robert Mueller just provided a real window into the Russia investigation. Here are 4 key takeaways.

One of the more frustrating aspects of observing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation is that we don't even know how much we don't know. Apart from anonymously leaked tidbits, we don't see much, and Mueller and his team don't speak publicly.<p>But sometimes, because of legal …

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CNN Swipes Back at Trump, Mocks Misspelling of Jeff Zucker's Name

POTUS taunted CNN head ‘Little Jeff Zuker’ in latest anti-media rant<p>CNN moved swiftly Tuesday to respond to Donald Trump after the president rage …

Trump tariff backlash causes panic in rural America as mega jobs losses appear on the horizon

Campaign Action<p>Donald Trump shocked economists and many inside his own administration when he ignored his economic advisors and went with a …

Donald Trump Mocked Online Because He Can’t Describe The White House

At the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, the president appeared confused as to what the White House is.<p>Donald Trump got mocked on social media on …

'It's hard to follow': CNN host utterly baffled by Trump's incoherent rant on immigrant 'caravan'

An angry President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he would be sending the American military to the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with a “caravan” of …

Lewandowski goes on MSNBC to defend Trump humiliating his own cabinet by firing them on Twitter

Appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday afternoon, fast-talking former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski brushed aside the appropriateness of the …

The closer one looks, the weaker Trump’s actions against Russia appear

It’s not exactly a secret that Donald Trump has been reluctant and slow to punish his benefactors in Russia, no matter how serious the allegations …

Stymied on the wall, Trump's plan to send troops to U.S.-Mexico border draws mixed reviews

<i>Updated Wednesday at 10:40 a.m. with comments from Ken Paxton, John Cornyn and Henry Cuellar.</i><p>WASHINGTON -- Frustrated by Congress' refusal to provide …

Trump and the supply-side zealots get their comeuppance

Maybe supply-side zealot Larry Kudlow, his new economic adviser, can explain it to him. Perhaps House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who decided that tax cuts justified standing behind an unfit president, can give him a tutorial. Better yet, maybe wealthy GOP donors who figured they could use the …

Former AG Alberto Gonzales On McCabe's Firing: 'Sessions Made The Right Decision'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired Andrew McCabe as FBI deputy director. Former Attorney General Albert Gonzales says Sessions "made the right decision" but "the timing is unfortunate."<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Attorney General Sessions has fired a top FBI official just two days before he …

When does Russian propaganda work — and when does it backfire? Here’s what we found.

When does propaganda work — and when does it backfire? Many politicians, pundits and scholars have been asking that question recently, given Russia’s attempts to influence elections in the United States and Europe through paid online activists, bots and state-sponsored foreign-language television …

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Sacramento police chief tries to find balance after shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn had his first major encounter with officers as a kid who witnessed a murder in a tough …

Democratic senators write letter to Defense Secretary Mattis saying the Pentagon 'has no legal authority' to fund President Trump's border wall

The Department of Defense "has no legal authority" to use appropriated funds for President Donald Trump's border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, …

What we know about the conservative media giant Sinclair

Sinclair Broadcast Group is not as well-known a name in television as Fox News' News Corp. or CNN's Turner Broadcasting System, but its reach may rival that of a cable juggernaut.<p>The company is the largest owner of local television stations in the country, with 173 stations in 81 broadcast markets …

Trump’s EPA Declares War on California’s Fuel-Efficiency and Emissions Standards

In an expansion of its war of words and lawsuits with the state of California over immigration policy, the Trump administration is issuing a dual …

The most important question to ask Trump supporters

Having watched on television pollsters conduct focus group interviews with President Donald Trump’s supporters, I’ve noticed two things are consistent throughout these groups: They don’t trust what they call mainstream news, and when asked, do not believe Trump or any of his campaign staff colluded …

EPA's Pruitt fulfilling Trump's anti-regulatory agenda

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is drawing scrutiny for his housing situation and travel practices, but in his role as the nation's top environmental official, he's a reliable administration foot soldier, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign …

White House Turf Battle Threatens to Delay Tax Law Rollout

WASHINGTON — A power struggle between two of President Trump’s top cabinet members threatens to delay implementation of the new tax law and could give lobbyists and political hands in the White House greater ability to shape critical decisions about which types of businesses benefit from the …

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How M.L.K.’s Death Helped Lead to Gun Control in the U.S.

The 1960s were known for their turmoil, but the degree to which guns were a factor is sometimes overlooked. Not only was a president assassinated, but an ex-Marine opened fire from an observation deck in Austin and the homicide rate leaped by more than 50 percent, driven by fatal shootings. Gun …

Why inviting Vladimir Putin to the White House right now is unusual — even for Trump

It all started with a phone call.<p>After U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone on March 20, Trump said he …

Russia

House Republican calls for Pruitt's resignation

Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida today became perhaps the first Republican in Congress to call for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation, tweeting that his “corruption scandals are an embarrassment to the Administration.”<p>“Major policy differences aside, @EPAScottPruitt‘s corruption scandals …

A political scientist explains exactly why Trump is tweet raging this week -- and it's not for the reason you think

President Donald Trump has been lashing out on Twitter even more than usual, and one political expert thinks he’s trying to strengthen his personal …

Vets group asks Trump to 'reconsider' acting VA secretary

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The leader of a major veterans group is urging President Donald Trump to "reconsider" his appointment of a Defense Department official to serve as the acting secretary of Veterans Affairs amid a brewing controversy over the departure of former VA Secretary David Shulkin last week.<p>…

17 states sue to block citizenship question on 2020 census

A coalition of 17 states, Washington, D.C., and six cities announced Tuesday that they are suing to block the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census.<p>The lawsuit, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, argues that the question will depress …

Immigration

'The stores are all gone': Trump continues raging at Amazon in White House meeting

President Donald Trump continued his war against Amazon on Tuesday during a meeting with leaders from the Baltic nations, blasting the online giant for their relationship with the US Postal Service and other retailers.<p>During a working lunch with the presidents of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, …

Former WH lawyer: 'people are starting to realize this administration has been corrupt from day one'

Richard Painter is a former ethics lawyer for George W. Bush between 2005-2007. This is a dubious distinction but it does put him outside of the more …