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President Trump Addresses Congress: Pictures

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Trump wants to cut the State Department’s budget by 37 percent. Congress isn’t buying it.

President Trump has floated a plan to cut the State Department’s budget by an enormous 37 percent, essentially slashing diplomacy and foreign aid to make room for an $18 billion increase to defense-related spending. But members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, are quickly shooting down the …

Government

What Trump’s critics got so wrong about his speech

Only the willfully blind saw anything except a well-constructed, powerfully delivered address by President Trump to Congress on Tuesday night.<p>Many have praised his tone. Almost all conservative critics applauded most of his substance (with disquiet over his rhetoric on trade passing quickly over …

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GOP lawmakers cheer Trump's speech as Democrats sit stone-faced

WASHINGTON — While Republicans repeatedly stood and cheered President Trump's speech on Tuesday night, most Democrats sat stone-faced during the address — except when some laughed as Trump declared that he had begun to "drain the swamp" of Washington corruption.<p>The only Democrat to frequently stand …

U.S. Politics

Just one Senate Democrat applauded Trump’s call to “Make America Great”

Democratic senators Joe Manchin (Wv.), Joe Donnelly (IN), and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) stood and applauded multiple times during President Trump’s speech to congress Tuesday night, breaking with the bulk of the Democratic Party.<p>The majority of congressional Democrats were visibly critical of Trump’s …

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GOP Leaders Brought Big League Policy Differences to Trump Speech

Health care, spending top issues in dispute<p>Hours before President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, Republican …

Politics

Trump speech leaves GOP encouraged, but still divided

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress left Republicans encouraged and enthusiastic Wednesday, yet still confronting thorny divisions on health care, taxes and more.<p>Trump's disciplined and optimistic tone was what GOP lawmakers wanted to hear after a rocky first month …

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The 15 Funniest Tweets About Paul Ryan and Mike Pence Lovingly Watching Trump's Speech

"Pence and Ryan are those girls in school who call each other the night before to plan their outfits."<p>President Donald Trump's biggest fans literally had his back during his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Seated behind him for the duration of his speech, Vice President …

Republicans

Sen. Bob Corker: White House expectations on Russia 'hugely diminishing'

WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he senses the Trump administration’s expectations for a closer relationship with Russia are “hugely diminishing” and that a “grand bargain” with Russian President Vladimir Putin to fight global terrorism and resolve …

Bob Corker

Who was that man who just delivered a speech to a joint session of the US Congress?

After almost two years of acid attacks against all comers, challenges to most of the pillars of US and western power, and ominous appeals to base fears, US president Donald Trump tonight asked his fellow Americans and foreigners alike to forget all that and unite behind him as a fair and just …

U.S. Politics

Republicans in Washington Are in Control, but Not in Agreement

WASHINGTON — Six weeks into unified government, Republican leaders are back to where they were in the Obama years — under fire from conservatives for giving too much ground on major policy issues.<p>In particular, the party push to undo the health care law while avoiding major disruptions in coverage …

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For a Second, a Hero’s Widow Unites D.C.

The only thing on which Democrats and Republicans could agree during Trump’s first address to Congress was honor for the woman who lost her Navy SEAL husband during the ill-fated Yemen raid.<p>Congress is so fractured that Democrats and Republicans can unanimously agree on only one thing: respect for …

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President Trump harnesses the power of the crowd

President Trump knew what his best applause line of the night was — and he kept it going and going.<p>Toward the end of his speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening, Trump began to subtly relitigate a risky counterterrorism operation in Yemen in January that resulted in the death of …

Politics

Graham to Trump: Send the Senate an Immigration Bill

Predicts even Democrats would support wall if it was in a comprehensive plan<p>If President Donald Trump wants to tackle immigration, he should “send a …

Politics

Today in Obamacare: the GOP’s new legislative strategy is really risky

The headlines about Republicans' repeal-and-replace woes are piling up. All eyes turn to President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday night, to see what he might say or do to kick-start the process.<p>So far, the president has been hesitant to give his full endorsement to the bill the House GOP leadership …

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Lawmakers Praise Trump’s Joint Address, Call It a ‘Home Run’

After President Donald Trump gave his first joint address to Congress Tuesday night, numerous lawmakers voiced support for Trump’s tone and …

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Late Night With Seth Meyers: Paul Ryan Sees Trump As a Chairman, Seattle Taco Truck Serves Traffic Jam

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Donald Trump proposes 'merit-based' immigration system

It has succeeded in countries like Canada and Australia, said the United States president.<p>United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a …

U.S. House of Representatives

Health Care Is Front and Center in Democrats’ Response to Trump Address

In responding to President Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday, Democrats had to navigate between the expectations of their angry base in America’s cities and the need to appeal to a broader array of voters in parts of the country where the president is far more popular.<p>The party handed that …

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Trump to meet with GOP leaders for White House lunch

President Donald Trump will have lunch with congressional Republican leaders on Wednesday as the party seeks to hash out his ambitious agenda in Congress.<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House …

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So much for Trump's 'insurance for everybody' promise

Remember when popular vote loser Donald Trump promised "insurance for everybody"? You should, it was just several weeks ago. Seems like one of the …

Health Care

House Republicans just voted to keep hiding government information about Trump and Russia

Democrats forced a vote on asking the DOJ to turn its information over. It died on partisan lines in the Judiciary Committee.<p>Republican lawmakers on …

Government

Trump calls for unity in Congress speech, but Democrats are skeptical

President uses his first address to Congress to express hope that Republicans and Democrats can work together – but common ground may be hard to find<p>After his presidential address on Tuesday, Donald Trump’s expressed hope that “Republicans and Democrats can work together” to fix America’s …

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Trump Administration Avoiding Senate Hearing on Immigration Enforcement

Democratic Sen. McCaskill had invited ICE officials<p>Securing the border and enforcing immigration law are priorities of the administration of …

Government

Trump CMS Pick Gets Second Vote After Tie at Senate Committee - Bloomberg

The Senate Finance Committee will vote again Thursday on President Donald Trump’s nominee to head U.S. health programs for the elderly, poor, and …

Senate Committees

Donald Trump filmed 'rehearsing' Congress speech in his car

President Donald Trump has been caught on camera in his car, apparently practicing his first speech to US Congress, before being driven to the Capitol building.

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Donald Trump's US Congress address: Democrat women wear white and ACLU ribbons to make statement

<b>Washington:</b> Democratic women in the House are wearing white in honor of women's suffrage to President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session …

U.S. Politics

Ryan Zinke, Montana Congressman, Confirmed as Trump’s Interior Secretary

Montana Republican Ryan Zinke won Senate confirmation Wednesday to lead the Trump administration's Interior Department, garnering votes from several Democrats who threw support behind the one-term congressman.<p>The Senate voted 68-31 in Zinke's favor — a solid margin for a Trump cabinet appointee …

Politics

Trump touts his actions since taking office in speech to Congress

<b>By Sean Sullivan, Abby Phillip and Mike DeBonis,</b> <i>The Washington Post</i>In a wide-ranging speech covering his accomplishments since taking office, …

Government

Trump to lay out his agenda to Congress and tout the 'promises kept' in his first month in office

President Trump planned to ask Congress on Tuesday night for help in expanding his agenda, as the polarizing president looked to cast his first month in office as an ode to working Americans and a “series of promises made and promises kept.”<p>Aides previewing the speech said it would touch broadly on …

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