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The president who golfed too much (it’s not Donald Trump)

<i>Matthew Algeo is the author of five books, including “Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport.”</i><p>In his first 88 days in office, President Trump went golfing 14 times — an average of once every 6.3 days. At that rate, he’ll end up golfing far more frequently …

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Trump University $25 million settlement approved

Thousands of former Trump University students will get most of their money back, with a judge on Friday approving a $25 million settlement.<p>"The settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable," Judge Gonzalo Curiel said in his decision.<p>Nearly 4,000 former students submitted claims and those who are …

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Kushner offers to meet with Senate Intel Committee over Russia meetings

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has volunteered to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the US election, a White House spokesman said Monday, kicking off a critical week for Congress on the issue.<p>"Throughout the …

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What's next for Paul Ryan?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Speaker Paul Ryan conceded the biggest defeat of his political career Friday: Republicans have failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.<p>And after nearly three full months into the year, he now has to face a head-on a challenge that is likely to haunt his tenure as speaker for …

Obama Administration

Trump: Obamacare is going to explode - CNN Video

President Trump blames Democrats for the GOP health bill not passing, saying that Obamacare is exploding.

ObamaCare

Trump's art of no deal: Find someone to blame

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump likes winning. But on Friday he failed.<p>Lacking sufficient support, Republicans were forced to pull their bill to replace Obamacare from the floor of the GOP-controlled House. Speaking soon after accepting defeat, Trump didn't shoulder the responsibility …

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Trump's blame game won't work this time

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the final hours of the health care debate, President Trump's primary political strategy became clear. He threatened to blame Speaker Paul Ryan and the congressional Republicans if the bill went down to defeat. They would be responsible for the continuation of Obamacare.<p>He would make this …

Republicans

Trump's baseless wiretap claim

<b>West Palm Beach, Fla. (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump made a stunning claim Saturday, alleging without offering evidence that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 election.<p>"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just …

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Trump angry and frustrated at staff over Sessions fallout

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is extremely frustrated with his senior staff and communications team for allowing the firestorm surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions to steal his thunder in the wake of his address to Congress, sources tell CNN.<p>"Nobody has seen him that upset," one …

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Trump takes campaign-style CPAC victory lap

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump described an administration operating at full throttle during a valedictory address Friday, vowing to uphold his campaign promises to a right-wing crowd of activists that once viewed him skeptically.<p>He also escalated his attacks on the press, pitting the news media …

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White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.<p>The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in …

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Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims

<b>Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) —</b> The setting was a Manhattan restaurant, and after 25 minutes what allegedly emerged was a pro-Russian peace plan for Ukraine that its author believes may have ended up in the White House.<p>In a CNN interview, Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko said he discussed his left-field …

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Trump on deportations: 'It's a military operation'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump, meeting with business leaders at the White House on Thursday, described his administration's moves to deport undocumented immigrants as a "military operation," a label that runs counter to what his administration has previously said.<p>Trump has used a series …

Immigration

White House effort to justify travel ban causes growing concern for some intelligence officials

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has assigned the Department of Homeland Security, working with the Justice Department, to help build the legal case for its temporary travel ban on individuals from seven countries, a senior White House official tells CNN.<p>Other Trump administration sources …

Immigration

FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.<p>But a White …

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Ivanka Trump steps into role behind her father

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> On Monday evening, as word spread of yet more anti-Semitic behavior around the nation, it wasn't President Donald Trump who was the first to speak out against the threats to regional Jewish Community Centers — it was his daughter, Ivanka Trump.<p>Like her dad, however, she used …

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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth questions Trump's mental health

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth said Monday that he is unsure of Donald Trump's mental state -- but added that the President doesn't appear to be in control of himself.<p>"He is demonstrating on a daily basis that he [is] totally unfit for the office he serves in," Yarmuth, from Kentucky, said in …

Mental Health

How Trump could change the fabric of the US without changing its laws

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> He's instructed the Department of Homeland Security to reinterpret the laws on immigration and start building a border wall, the State Department to reinterpret visas and refugees, HHS to reinterpret aspects of Obamacare. The EPA could be next.<p>President Donald Trump has done it …

Immigration

Immigration violations: The one thing to know - CNN Video

Have undocumented immigrants committed a crime just by being here? Not necessarily. CNN's Laura Jarrett explains.

Immigration

Huge stakes for Trump immigration do-over

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump will now wait until next week to unveil his new attempt to impose a temporary travel ban on citizens of states he says pose a high risk of terrorism.<p>An administration official said the order, which represents a do-over after Trump's first attempt was blocked by …

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CIA analyst quits, blames President Trump - CNN Video

Ned Price, a former National Security Council spokesman and longtime CIA analyst, resigned from his position with a public blast at the Trump administration.

National Security Council

Pence, Missouri governor join cleanup at vandalized Jewish cemetery

<b>(CNN) —</b> Vice President Mike Pence and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Wednesday added their voices -- and cleanup skills -- to those condemning the vandalizing of a Jewish cemetery in a St. Louis suburb.<p>The two men visited the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in University City, where at least 170 …

Israel

State Department silent while other countries shape the message

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In a town full of talkers, the silence is deafening.<p>For more than a month, as the US has tangled with China, floated new terms for Middle East peace, watched North Korea test a ballistic missile and proposed an overhaul of ties with Russia, the State Department has been …

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GOP's risky delusion about town hall protests

<b>(CNN) —</b> White House spokesman Sean Spicer is kidding himself if he truly thinks the wave of protesters swarming Republican congressional town hall meetings from coast to coast represent a flash in the pan, or some less-than-authentic paid lobbyist campaign.<p>"Protesting has become a profession now," …

Tea Party

Kellyanne Conway sidelined from TV after Flynn debacle

Kellyanne Conway, once the most visible spokesperson for the Trump White House, was sidelined from television appearances for a week for making statements that were at odds with the administration's official stance, White House sources told CNNMoney on Wednesday.<p>Conway, who is scheduled to appear …

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Mexican senator aims to hit U.S. for Trump's 'big lie' on NAFTA

A prominent Mexican senator wants to remind President Trump of the benefits of free trade -- by taking a big one away from the U.S.<p>Senator Armando Rios introduced a bill that would drastically cut down Mexico's purchases of U.S. corn.<p>Mexico bought nearly 25% of all U.S. corn last year, totaling …

Mexico

Trump: Budget proposal will focus on spending cuts

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump previewed a budget plan Wednesday he said would be focused intently on slashing spending in a bid to reduce the national debt.<p>It's one of three major legislative proposals the White House is preparing ahead of Trump's address to lawmakers next week, his …

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Emails reveal Pruitt's behind-the-scenes collaboration with oil and natural gas giant

<b>(CNN) —</b> In June 2013, a top lobbyist at Devon Energy, an Oklahoma-based oil and natural gas giant, sent one of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's top officials a draft letter objecting to recently proposed federal regulations on fracking.<p>Two months later, Pruitt, who is now the head of the …

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