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Turkey threatens more strikes on U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds

Apr 30 2017 — — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday his country may take further action against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria and insisted U.S. support for such groups “must come to an end.” The U.S. moved troops and armoured vehicles through several Syrian cities and towns on Friday and Saturday in a show of force apparently […]

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Donald Trump attacks US media at 100-day Pennsylvania rally

Apr 30 2017 — — US President Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on the media during a rally marking 100 days in office. He told supporters in Pennsylvania that he was keeping “one promise after another”, dismissing criticism as “fake news” by “out of touch” journalists. Mr Trump decided to skip the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – the […]

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Trump invites Philippines’ Duterte to the White House

Apr 30 2017 — — President Donald Trump invited his polarizing Philippines counterpart to the White House during a phone call in which the two leaders discussed North Korea. Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte had a “friendly discussion” Saturday that also addressed regional security in southeast Asia and the Philippines’ drug war, the White House said in a statement. While […]

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Woodward and Bernstein: Journalism, free press more crucial than ever

Apr 30 2017 — — Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of Watergate fame argued Saturday night that good journalism is more crucial to a free society than ever in a climate of increasing hostility between the White House and the press. The speeches from the revered journalists came on the occasion of the first White House correspondents’ dinner since 1981 […]

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10 memorable lines from comedian Hasan Minhaj at the WHCA dinner

Apr 30 2017 — — President Donald Trump was a no-show at the first White House Correspondents’ Association dinner of his presidency. But that didn’t keep “Daily Show” comedian Hasan Minhaj from addressing “the elephant not in the room.” Trump was a target for Minhaj when he performed at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner last year, and Saturday […]

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Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

Apr 30 2017 — — President Donald Trump hit hard at the news media at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania to tout the accomplishments of his first 100 days, striking a tone both divisive and determined as he played to the populist sentiments of a cheering crowd. “It’s time for all of us to remember that we are one people […]

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Trump: My first 100 days are ‘most successful’ in US history

Apr 29 2017 — — How do Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the Oval Office compare to those of his predecessors? Well, according to the president, he’s got them beat. “I truly believe that the first 100 days of my Administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history,” Trump says in his weekly address, released […]

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Trump Tries to Deflect Flynn Vetting Questions on Obama Administration

Apr 29 2017 — — President Donald Trump in an interview Friday tried to turn some of the controversy around his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on the administration of President Barack Obama, saying the retired general was previously vetted. “When they say we didn’t vet, well, Obama I guess didn’t vet, because he was approved at the highest […]

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North Korea ‘test-fires ballistic missile’

Apr 28 2017 — — North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile, the South Korean military has told Yonhap news agency. It was not immediately clear how far the missile had travelled. It was fired from a site in South Pyeongan province north of Pyongyang in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, South Korea’s military chiefs of staff […]

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Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

Apr 28 2017 — — The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS. From 2008 until February 2016, she was […]

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Trump Again Derides Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’

Apr 28 2017 — — President Donald Trump returned to one of his most derogatory insults Friday, referring to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” — a jab at her Native American ancestry. Speaking to a cheering crowd of NRA members in Atlanta, Trump said “it may be Pocahontas” who seeks the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. “And she is […]

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Trump to NRA: ‘Eight-Year Assault’ on Gun Rights Is Over

Apr 28 2017 — — President Donald Trump promised guns rights advocates gathered in Atlanta on Friday that he’d come through for them as they did for him during the 2016 campaign. “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump told the members of the National Rifle Association, assuring them that they now […]

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Ahead of Trump’s 100th day mark, Obama says Obamacare is more popular than Trump

Apr 28 2017 — — Former President Barack Obama hailed the political resilience of his signature health care law at a private event Thursday, pointing out that Obamacare is now more popular than his successor trying to repeal it: President Donald Trump. As Republicans in Washington sputtered again this week in their efforts to undo the law, Obama noted to […]

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Trump signs order to expand drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

Apr 28 2017 — — Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump ordered his interior secretary to review an Obama-era […]

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Trump on his new gig: ‘I thought it would be easier’

Apr 28 2017 — — U.S. President Donald Trump is sounding wistful as he reflects on his first 100 days on the job. The president says he “loved” his “previous life. I had so many things going.” He says his new gig is “more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”