Trump rehashes Democratic primary debate controversy to deflect attention from Russia probe

Trump rehashes Democratic primary debate controversy to deflect attention from Russia probePresident Trump is pushing back against the ongoing investigations into his team’s possible ties to Russia by rehashing the 2016 campaign. “Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate?” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. The president’s question refers to emails that showed former acting Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile had provided questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign in advance of a town hall and debate hosted by CNN during the Democratic primary.



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With Trump approval, Pentagon expands warfighting authority

With Trump approval, Pentagon expands warfighting authorityWASHINGTON (AP) — Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa.



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Trump hasn’t ruled out raising the national debt to cut taxes

Trump hasn’t ruled out raising the national debt to cut taxesWASHINGTON — President Trump may be considering a tax-cut plan that could rankle Republican congressional leadership. While both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have pushed for deficit-neutral tax cuts, a senior White House official told Yahoo News the president could consider a plan that might add to the national debt. The official cautioned that Trump hasn’t settled on a strategy for tax cuts and said it would be “premature” to say he’s abandoned the deficit-neutral approach.



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Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’

Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’Jeb Bush says President Trump’s evidence-free claims are kneecapping his first 100 days in the White House. “He should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand,” Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on Miami’s WFOR-TV. During the bruising campaign, Bush was a prominent critic of Trump — who in turn relentlessly mocked the former Florida governor.



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Trump calls on Congress to probe his evidence-free claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

Trump calls on Congress to probe his evidence-free claim that Obama wiretapped Trump TowerTrump listens to questions from reporters at Trump Tower in January. A day after accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones before the election, President Trump called on Congress to investigate his claim, for which he has cited no evidence. White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement on Sunday saying that “reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” and that Trump is asking Congress to investigate.



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‘He wanted more than gossip’: NYT reporter on Russian ambassador’s talks with Trump associates

‘He wanted more than gossip’: NYT reporter on Russian ambassador’s talks with Trump associatesA Friday New York Times profile of Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, illuminates the longtime diplomat as not only socially savvy and eager to network, but also unwavering in his dedication to his home country and its president, Vladimir Putin. Peter Baker, the New York Times’ chief White House correspondent and co-author of the profile, joined Yahoo News Now on Friday to discuss Kislyak, who has been in the spotlight following revelations of his communications with various members of the Trump campaign and administration. Both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have come under withering criticism for not disclosing their conversations with Kislyak.



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‘We will never forget him’: Trump addresses widow of slain SEAL as doubts linger over mission

‘We will never forget him’: Trump addresses widow of slain SEAL as doubts linger over missionAs debate continues to swirl over the mission’s results, President Trump’s acknowledgment of a fallen soldier’s wife was the most emotional moment of his first congressional address. Carryn Owens, whose husband, Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, was killed in a Yemen raid last month, was moved to tears as Trump praised her husband’s sacrifice. “Ryan died as he lived,” said Trump.



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Trump bashes FBI for being ‘totally unable’ to stop leaks

Trump bashes FBI for being ‘totally unable’ to stop leaksPresident Trump is interviewed by Reuters in the Oval Office Feb. 23. President Trump said the FBI is “totally unable” to crack down on U.S. government employees who plan to leak sensitive information to the media. The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time.



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Immigration advocates denounce DHS plan to implement Trump executive orders

Immigration advocates denounce DHS plan to implement Trump executive ordersImmigration policy experts lashed out Tuesday at the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to implement President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. “In my many years of practicing immigration law, I have not seen a mass deportation blueprint like this one,” Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that advocates for the rights of low-income immigrant families, said in a conference call with reporters. In two memos issued Tuesday, DHS Secretary John Kelly laid out sweeping new guidance for officers tasked with carrying out the president’s immigration policies.



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