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Failure to sanction China helped North Korea, former officials say

Three U.S. administrations backed away from punishing Chinese banks and businesses for helping their neighbor's weapons program.<p>Even as Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping pledge to stop North Korea’s fast-advancing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, there’s one uncomfortable secret …

North Korea

On 'Saturday Night Live,' Melissa McCarthy's 'Spicey' Has An Easter Message

The two people who are garnering much of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>'s recent attention are not cast members.<p>But Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy were again the center of it all on the latest <i>SNL</i>, returning as President Trump and Sean Spicer, respectively.<p>Baldwin appeared in the show's cold open, sitting …

Comedy

Who Cares if Trump Is Religious?

Trump might be the least God-fearing president to occupy the White House in centuries. That's a great thing for America.<p>This Sunday, tens of millions of American Christians will celebrate Easter, and thousands of children and their families will descend on the White House to take part in the annual …

Religion

Georgia Democrats See Chance To Send A Message With Special Election Upset

Democrats in Georgia's 6th District aren't exactly used to the fact that they might actually win something.<p>"It's just so wonderful to have a potential for a progressive Democrat to capture the district, and to send a message that we don't approve of the Trump agenda and the direction he's taking …

Tom Price

With Trump pick aboard, top U.S. court tackles religious rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set this week to hear a closely watched case testing the limits of religious rights, and new Justice Neil Gorsuch's judicial record indicates he could tip the court toward siding with a church challenging Missouri's ban on state funding of religious …

Hobby Lobby
Donald Trump

This Alabama town is rebounding – but Trump could change that

Numerous government programs have aided economic recovery for the people of Muscle Shoals. Now the man they voted for might cut them<p>From the golden arches of McDonald’s to the aroma of pulled pork sandwiches at local barbecue institution Bunyan’s, the Florence-Muscle Shoals metropolitan area is, at …

Mitch McConnell

Trump's crackdown on 'sanctuary cities' is creating a chasm among police

Some sheriffs and police chiefs have bristled under the scrutiny, while others have grown emboldened by the heightened authority.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to deepen the rift earlier this week when he addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police, reiterating his …

Immigration

Trump campaign raking in money for 2020, disclosures show

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are fast at work amassing a war chest for 2020, raising tens of millions of dollars before Trump even marks his 100th day in the White House.<p>The Trump campaign committee, Donald J. Trump for President Inc., raised $7.1 million during the first …

Donald Trump

Trump's Travel Costs Add Up, Setting Him On Path To Outspend Obama

Ordinary folks can fly from the Washington, D.C., area to southeast Florida for $200-300 round-trip, if they book in advance. For the president, the trip is a little more costly.<p>Exactly how much is not currently public, though. The conservative group Judicial Watch, which has been tracking the cost …

Obama Administration

Tillerson's stock rises in the White House

The CEO-turned-diplomat has quietly emerged as Trump's favorite Cabinet secretary, booking more meetings with the boss than any of the others.<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looked like he had been cast into social Siberia.<p>The former ExxonMobil CEO was enjoying a martini with his wife at the BLT …

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

With Trump Appointees, a Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’

WASHINGTON — President Trump is populating the White House and federal agencies with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who in many cases are helping to craft new policies for the same industries in which they recently earned a paycheck.<p>The potential conflicts are arising across the …

Donald Trump

What The Nuclear Option Against Filibuster Of Gorsuch's Nomination Means

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri about using the nuclear option against the Democratic filibuster of the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, appears …

Roy Blunt

Pence on Syria, Assad: 'All options are on the table'

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday "all options are on the table" when it comes to the U.S. government's response to Syria in the aftermath of Tuesday's devastating chemical weapons attack.<p>"All evidence points to the Assad regime in Syria" as the perpetrators behind the attack, Pence said …

Donald Trump

Trump supporters, protesters clash in Berkeley, California

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 21 people were arrested as Trump supporters and opponents clashed Saturday at a park in Berkeley, California, police said.<p>Eleven people were injured, with seven transported to the hospital in unknown condition, Berkeley Police spokesman Byron White told CNN.<p>"A large number of …

California

House Prepares to Leave for Recess Without Health Care Deal

The House of Representatives is set to leave town Thursday morning for a two-week break without reaching an agreement on health care. It’s another blow to Republicans and the Trump administration who had worked this week to revive the failed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or …

Health Care

Rex Tillerson’s Reticence on North Korea Leaves Allies Confused

WASHINGTON — When North Korea launched a medium-range missile on Tuesday evening, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson issued a statement so cryptic that it left much of Washington confused.<p>“North Korea launched yet another intermediate-range ballistic missile,” it began. “The United States has …

North Korea

Trump says may tie infrastructure with healthcare or tax reform: NY Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering packaging a $1 trillion infrastructure plan with either healthcare or tax reform legislation as an incentive to get support from lawmakers, especially Democrats.<p>Trump also said in an interview with the New York …

Donald Trump

Trump administration concedes border wall won't be from 'sea to shining sea'

President Trump's central campaign promise — a "big, beautiful wall" along the border with Mexico — will not actually stretch across the entire border, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told a Senate committee Wednesday.<p>"It's unlikely that we will build a wall or physical barrier from sea …

Former Trump adviser Carter Page says he didn't disclose Russian spy contacts to campaign

<b>(CNN) —</b> Carter Page, who advised Donald Trump's presidential campaign on foreign policy, says he did not disclose to the campaign his involvement in a federal investigation into efforts by Russian spies to recruit Americans.<p>BuzzFeed News and ABC News reported on Monday that Page, who Trump named as …

Donald Trump

Bannon booted from security council

Got a minute? Ex-Breitbart guy loses national security seat … Trump defends Bill O’Reilly … Trump says Assad ‘crossed a lot of lines’ ... and everything else in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

Donald Trump

New York, other states challenge Trump over climate change regulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of 17 U.S. states filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to roll back climate change regulations, deepening a political rift over his emerging energy policies.<p>Led by New York state, the coalition said the …

Clean Technology

Schwarzenegger: Trump cuts fall "on the backs" of poor kids

LOS ANGELES — Saying “this is not how you make America great,’’ former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday challenged President Donald Trump’s proposed $1.2 billion in cuts to after-school programs, arguing that the president is attempting to “balance the budget on the backs” of …

Donald Trump

Liberals launch ads vs. Republicans over nuke option

Liberal groups opposing Neil Gorsuch are rolling out a new ad campaign Wednesday aiming to pressure GOP senators to back down from their plans to force through the Supreme Court nominee by changing Senate rules.<p>The six-figure round of digital ads by People's Defense, an anti-Gorsuch coalition led …

Jeff Flake

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Islamic State claim goes overboard

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's assessment of the fight against Islamic State militants ignores substantial progress made against the group before he took office.<p>At a news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday, Trump said: "We had a very, very fine delegation come over …

Middle East

Trump, Asked About Accusations Against Bill O’Reilly, Calls Him a ‘Good Person’

Bill O’Reilly, the embattled Fox News host, received a powerful show of support on Wednesday from a longtime friend, interview subject, ideological sympathizer and fellow scandal-survivor: the president of the United States.<p>Speaking in the Oval Office, Donald J. Trump praised Mr. O’Reilly as “a …

Donald Trump

Economists Say Trump Seems To Misunderstand Significance Of Trade Deficit

The Trump administration has launched an investigation into the cause of trade deficits with U.S. trading partners. But most economists, say Trump appears to misunderstand what a trade deficit means.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>The big U.S. trade deficit with China is likely to be a topic of …

Economics

Pelosi, Dems not letting go of Trump tax return push

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Democrats' aren't letting go of their push to highlight how President Donald Trump hasn't released his tax returns.<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats argued their case for a discharge petition Wednesday, a process by which legislation can skip committee and …

Donald Trump

Why the Right Is Engaged in a Bizarre Crusade Against Susan Rice

Republicans' intense distrust of Obama's national security adviser dates back to Benghazi<p>On an otherwise quiet Saturday morning one month ago, Donald …