Feds say at least 12 aircraft violated restrictions during Trump's Florida visit

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump's Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post.

Eight of those crossed the line ...Read more

Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant

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WASHINGTON -- On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy for decades came like a punch to the gut.

Now tribes and plant workers are demanding relief from the person who vowed to end these kinds of devastating announcements -- Donald ...Read more

Trump's search for a national security adviser sums up his biggest challenges so far

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump's next national security advisor will serve as his eyes and ears to crises that pop up all over the globe -- and be thrust into the center of the White House's biggest firestorms too.

Amid the fallout over the firing of the first person to hold the post, Michael Flynn, the president has escalated ...Read more

Departing election commissioner urges Trump to change system

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic member of the U.S. Federal Election Commission said she will resign and called on President Donald Trump to fix a system that has allowed unaccountable money to flow into politics "from a tiny, highly unrepresentative segment of the population."

Ann Ravel said she'll step down March 1 from a term that would otherwise ...Read more

Analysis: Seeing politics through a partisan prism

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In November 1951, the Dartmouth and Princeton football teams played a season-ending game that resulted in a seminal work on the nature of human cognition.

Princeton won the contest, to finish the season undefeated. Of more lasting consequence, though, was the research that followed -- a psychological case study that provides a helpful overlay ...Read more

Trump basks in cheers at Florida rally and takes aim at the media

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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- President Donald Trump returned to campaign mode Saturday with a clear opponent in mind: the media, declaring before thousands of cheering supporters that "fake news" was undermining his nascent administration's accomplishments.

The White House was running "so smoothly," Trump said in an airport hangar here. He said the rally...Read more

Republican leaders tire of Trump drama, but GOP activists close ranks

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WASHINGTON -- The chaos of President Donald Trump's White House has Republican leaders scrambling to defend what they hope will soon be a functional administration. But cracks in that resolve are starting to show amid a seemingly endless series of self-inflicted setbacks.

Just under a month in office, Trump has already fired his national ...Read more

Trump said he would isolate his family businesses, but they have already seeped into the White House

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WASHINGTON -- Twenty-four hours before taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump strutted into the presidential ballroom of the Trump International Hotel to toast congressional leaders, top donors and the people he had picked to fill out his Cabinet.

Trump joked that "a total genius must have built this place," underscoring the message:...Read more

Railroad, trucking groups want a higher federal gas tax: The roadblock? Congress

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WASHINGTON -- As President Donald Trump and lawmakers in both parties roll out infrastructure plans, no one seems to be willing to consider the hottest, most vexing piece of that legislative puzzle: raising the federal gasoline tax.

Suddenly, the effort has an important new ally: the nation's railroads.

Motorists and truckers pay the same 18.4...Read more

Questions linger about Trump's academic record at Wharton

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PHILADELPHIA -- President Donald Trump has spoken frequently about his undergraduate success at Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania's top-notch business school.

But while claims of Trump's academic prowess at the Ivy League school have been around for decades, questions about how strong his record actually was continue to swirl.

The 1968 ...Read more

Jewish groups ask: Why won't Trump denounce anti-Semitic attacks?

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WASHINGTON -- On two successive days this week, President Donald Trump had the opportunity to denounce the reported increase in anti-Semitism in the United States that has been linked to his political rise.

He didn't.

Not only did Trump not condemn the attacks, he also largely ignored the issue and at least once responded as if the accusations...Read more

Analysis: Trump leaves the White House bubble and shifts to campaign mode, hoping for momentum

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As his month-old administration struggles to make good on its promises, President Donald Trump is seeking momentum by using some of the tactics that propelled his candidacy from its beginnings.

On Thursday, he held a free-for-all news conference in which he sparred with reporters and defended his short tenure for almost 80 minutes. On Friday, ...Read more

Trump turns optimistic during visit to Boeing plant in South Carolina

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President Donald Trump returned Friday to the themes that secured his electoral victory, praising the contributions of American workers and pledging to lead a resurgence of manufacturing across the country.

Speaking at a Boeing plant in North Charleston, S.C., with a 787 Dreamliner parked behind him, Trump said he had come to celebrate "jobs, ...Read more

Congress caught unaware by National Guard report

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WASHINGTON -- Congress was caught somewhat flat-footed by reports that the Trump administration is considering calling on the National Guard to round up and deport undocumented immigrants.

"I hadn't heard about it," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said when asked about an Associated Press report that a memo drafted by Homeland Security ...Read more

Amid liberal protests, more Democrats holding town halls this Presidents Day recess

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WASHINGTON -- With increasing reports of liberal demonstrators filling the theaters and high schools where members give their constituents a chance to question them in town halls, next week's Presidents Day recess is a chance for Republicans to either face the opposition or try to avoid explosive headlines that have come from these meetings.

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Capitol Hill staff is sleepier than last year, so far

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WASHINGTON -- Late nights are part of working on Capitol Hill, especially in the 115th Congress.

Just more than a month into this Congress, 66 percent of self-identified staffers say they're going to bed later than they were last session and 57 percent said they're waking up earlier.

Of the 100 respondents to Heard on the Hill's Survey Monkey ...Read more

Republicans in Congress gambled on Trump and won. Here's why they're worried now

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WASHINGTON -- The relationship between President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in Congress started as a marriage of convenience, thrown together by necessity and sustained on the promise of pushing a Republican agenda into law.

Until recently, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tolerated Trump's turbulent debut...Read more

Ryan makes emphatic plea for tax plan seen 'on life support'

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Not long after House Speaker Paul Ryan offered a full-throated affirmation of his tax-overhaul plan, an influential conservative group announced a grassroots campaign against it and a Senate leader said a key part of the proposal is "on life support."

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn was diagnosing Ryan's plan to replace the U.S. corporate ...Read more

Border Patrol agent's shooting of Mexican teenager heads to Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- Recurring border tensions between the United States and Mexico will soon captivate the Supreme Court, as justices consider the case of a Texas-based U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed an unarmed teenager standing on Mexican soil.

In a fight that pits the Mexican government against the Trump administration, justices on ...Read more

Robert Harward reportedly turns down national security adviser post

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WASHINGTON -- Robert Harward, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, turned down President Donald Trump's offer to become national security adviser, officials said, just days after the resignation of Michael Flynn following revelations he misled administration officials over his contact with Russia.

Harward, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin ...Read more