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Ivanka Trump’s brand focused in on China during 2016 campaign

Apr 22 2017 — — Ivanka Trump’s brand intensified its work in China as her father closed in on the Republican nomination for U.S. president, with her company applying for nearly twice as many trademarks in a five-month span as it had in the preceding eight years. Ivanka Trump Marks LLC applied for 36 trademarks in China between March and […]


Private meetings at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago raise questions about access

Apr 22 2017 — — President Trump has been in office for 91 days. He has spent 25 of them at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, often mingling with members and guests. Since the election, the cost of membership has doubled to $200,000. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago meeting with China’s Xi Jinping raises ethics concerns Mr. Trump often railed against pay-to-play politics […]


N. Korea “ready for any mode of war desired by the U.S.”

Apr 11 2017 — — North Korea is vowing tough counteraction to any military moves that might follow the U.S. move to send the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to waters off the Korean Peninsula. The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are high because of U.S.-South Korea wargames now underway and […]


Paul Ryan says Obamacare to stay “for the foreseeable future”

Mar 24 2017 — — House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the U.S. is “going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future” after he abruptly canceled a scheduled vote on the contentious Republican health care bill Friday. “Obamacare is the law of the land, and it will remain the law of the land until it’s replaced,” Ryan said.

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Trump blames Democrats for House GOP failure to pass health care bill

Mar 24 2017 — — President Trump said Friday that “both parties can do better” after the vote on the GOP health care bill was abruptly canceled in the House after it seemed likely it did not have enough support to pass. “Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today,” Mr. Trump said in a news […]


How Russian oil giant Rosneft could claim U.S. oil

Mar 9 2017 — — Rosneft, an oil corporation majority-owned by the Russian government, says it has the right to claim an ownership stake in U.S. oil company Citgo Petroleum if Citgo’s cash-strapped parent company defaults on billions in loans, according to a lien Rosneft recently filed in Delaware. If that claim succeeds, Rosneft, which is run by one of […]


Trump taps Jon Huntsman as U.S. ambassador to Russia

Mar 9 2017 — — President Trump is nominating former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia, two sources familiar with the situation have confirmed to CBS News’ Major Garrett. The nomination, like many in the Trump world, has been on the table for weeks and it took some time to complete the paperwork. Before the […]


Ben Carson refers to slaves as “immigrants” in speech to HUD

Mar 6 2017 — — Dr. Ben Carson, the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, compared slaves to immigrants in a speech to HUD employees on Monday. After talking about the immigrant experience at Ellis Island, Carson said, “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer and […]


Pelosi Says AG Jeff Sessions Should Resign After ‘Lying Under Oath’

Mar 2 2017 — — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign for allegedly lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his meetings with Russian officials. “Now, after lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign. Sessions is not fit to serve […]


Details leak about Republican plan to replace Obamacare

Mar 1 2017 — — On Capitol Hill, Republicans all agree on replacing Obamacare — they just don’t agree on how. Senate Republicans were briefed Wednesday on the latest version of the party’s Obamacare replacement plan. “We should help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts,” President Trump said, laying out […]


Former adviser to three GOP presidents questions Trump’s motivations on Russia

Feb 15 2017 — — President Donald Trump has insulted everyone from federal judges, to fellow Republicans, to Meryl Streep. He’s even taken a shot at the Pope. But he’s seemed to bend over backward to avoid criticizing Vladimir Putin. “Obviously there is something going on here,” said Peter Wehner, and he wants to know why. Wehner worked for Ronald […]


Tom Price confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary

Feb 10 2017 — — The Senate has confirmed Rep. Tom Price to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The 52-47 vote came just a day after the Senate confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, as President Trump’s attorney general. Price, 62, is a Georgia Republican who spent his career as an orthopedic surgeon before entering […]