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White House offered 'alternative facts' on inauguration crowd, adviser says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's senior advisers defended White House attacks on the news media and incorrect claims about the size of the crowd at his inauguration, accusing news organizations Sunday of trying to undermine Trump's legitimacy.

The pushback came a day after White House press Secretary Sean Spicer incorrectly said Trump's ...Read more

Trump won't release tax returns, aide says

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump will refuse to release his tax returns, abandoning a campaign promise that he would do so after an audit of them is finished, an aide said Sunday.

"The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care. They voted for ...Read more

Secretary of state nominee Tillerson gets important support from 2 senators

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WASHINGTON -- Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil CEO who is President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of State, has overcome a major hurdle on his way to Senate confirmation.

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who had resisted Tillerson's appointment, said Sunday they have decided to support his ...Read more

British leader faces diplomatic challenge with White House invitation

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LONDON ––Being the first European leader through the door of Donald Trump's White House is distinction that British Prime Minister Theresa May worked hard to get. But it's one that comes with a daunting set of challenges.

May will visit Washington Friday. Her stated goal is to engage the new president on questions about the future of NATO ...Read more

Braced for Trump challenge, China signals readiness to cooperate

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BEIJING ––Confronted by the challenge of Donald Trump's presidency, China is signaling that it's ready to work with the new administration and has already taken a few policy steps that may help fend off criticism over access to its markets.

The official Xinhua News Agency congratulated Trump on his inauguration and said it hoped for "win-...Read more

Trump mocks protests in first comment on Women's March

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, questioning whether they voted and criticizing celebrities who participated in the events.

"Watched protests yesterday but was under impression that we just had an election...Read more

Africa's hunger emergency

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JOHANNESBURG -- Remote parts of Nigeria are gripped by a famine, one that will probably continue for months. Boko Haram has triggered one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters there with scorched-earth policies that laid waste to an area the size of the U.S. state of Georgia.

But it took some time for the world to find out. The Famine ...Read more

This liberal enclave feels rattled but also galvanized by Trump's ascent

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VASHON ISLAND, Wash. -- Shortly after Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president last summer, a cougar swam across a salt-water channel to this island oasis amid Seattle and its suburbs.

At the time, many people here viewed the candidate and the big cat as interlopers, soon to be exposed and expelled. But both are still ...Read more

GOP vows to defund Planned Parenthood. Reality makes that hard

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If "repeal and replace" of the Affordable Care Act is Republicans' job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second.

In fact, the two priorities might be paired. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization "would be in our reconciliation bill," referring to a measure Congress has put on ...Read more

After successful march on Washington, activists ready for action at home

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WASHINGTON -- Speakers at the women's marches throughout the nation Saturday implored the protesters to keep their resistance alive. Some of the marchers wondered aloud if they would. Others already had plans to start groups back home.

Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said she wanted the protests to lead to ...Read more

What to expect in Trump's first 100 days

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's unorthodox quest for the White House was fueled by his disregard for convention and the nagging sense that he -- and ultimately his supporters -- were underestimated and disrespected.

Now sworn in as the 45th president, Trump and his team are determined to deliver quickly on promises -- on the economy, ...Read more

Massive earthquake hits near Papua New Guinea

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SYDNEY -- A magnitude earthquake measuring at least 7.9 on the Richter scale has been reported between Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands on Sunday, authorities have confirmed.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, based in Hawaii, says there is a chance that the 7.9 earthquake could cause tsunami waves.

"Based on preliminary earthquake ...Read more

Trump's first visit from a foreign leader will be Britain's Theresa May

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump will hold his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader when British Prime Minister Theresa May visits the White House on Friday, press secretary Sean Spicer announced Saturday.

In his first full day as president, Trump also spoke by phone with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican ...Read more

UCLA scientists mark Trump's inauguration with plan to protect climate change data

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LOS ANGELES--On a rainy Inauguration Day morning, dozens of students, archivists, librarians, professors and other concerned citizens gathered in a University of California, Los Angeles classroom, poring over the Department of Energy website. They sifted through pages covering a broad spectrum of topics, from energy-efficient buildings and solar...Read more

New protest movement rises against Trump: Can it make an impact?

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WASHINGTON -- The new lines of conflict in America were vividly drawn Saturday: A freshly revived protest movement has risen to greet a president acutely attuned to public opinion.

Not for decades, since 1960s protesters took to the streets against the Vietnam War, has a chief executive faced such visible opposition. And never in memory has a ...Read more

Trump goes to CIA to extend a hand but also defends inauguration crowd and attacks the media

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WASHINGTON--After months of mocking the CIA and questioning its conclusions on Russian interference in the election, President Donald Trump went to the agency headquarters in Langley, Va., on Saturday ostensibly to reach out but instead delivered an animated, rambling address in front of its memorial to fallen officers.

The visit was designed ...Read more

Trump woos the CIA with a visit, and attacks the news media

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WASHINGTON -- In his first official act on his first full day as president, Donald Trump went to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday and downplayed a rift with the U.S. intelligence establishment, telling assembled officers that "I am with you 1,000 percent."

He indicated that he would unleash the agency in taking on...Read more

White House slams media for reporting size of inaugural crowd

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WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer summoned reporters Saturday afternoon to chastise them, singling out two Twitter posts that had angered the new administration and suggesting they downplayed the turnout for the inauguration Friday.

Spicer spoke less than two hours after President Donald Trump, addressing an audience at the ...Read more

Trump blames 'political games' for delaying Pompeo's confirmation as CIA director

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WASHINGTON -- On a visit to CIA headquarters Saturday, President Donald Trump took a shot at Democrats, saying they were playing politics with the confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, his choice to head the agency.

An objection from three Democratic senators delayed the U.S. Senate's vote to confirm Pompeo as the CIA's new director Friday. ...Read more

Massive rally in Los Angeles largest in area since 2006

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LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of thousands of people converged on downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to march for women's rights in one of a series of demonstrations taking place across the country.

Participants began gathering at Pershing Square as early as 8 a.m., and by 9:30 protesters had overwhelmed the square and filled surrounding streets. Metro...Read more