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Democrats Say Flynn May Have Lied on Background Check

Plus, he invokes the 5th amendment to rebuff subpoena in Trump-Russia probe

(Newser) - President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into Russia's election meddling, the AP reports. Flynn's attorneys told the Senate intelligence committee he will not turn over personal documents sought under... More »

Melania Fails to Take Trump's Hand, and Internet Notices

First lady was apparently not interested on airport tarmac

(Newser) - Innocent flub? Public diss? Either way, President Trump and wife Melania provided an unintentionally buzzy moment upon their arrival in Tel Aviv. Watch it via this video clip from the newspaper Haaretz. It shows the president reaching back to take wife Melania's hand on the airport tarmac and then... More »

Sinkhole Opens Up in Front of Trump's Mar-a-Lago

And the internet is amused

(Newser) - It's an otherwise ho-hum traffic alert from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., warning drivers that a new 4-by-4-foot sinkhole on Southern Boulevard might cause some headaches. Except that the sinkhole just happens to be in front of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, aka the "Winter White House,... More »

Trump Is Getting Historically Bad Press: Report

Media coverage of his first 100 days is historically negative, new report says

(Newser) - If it seems President Trump gets almost nothing but bad press, you're not imagining things: A new report from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy finds that the media coverage of Trump's first 100 days in office is historically negative. The report... More »

Trump on Iran: It Can't Ever Get Nukes

Plus he said he 'never mentioned Israel' to Russians

(Newser) - Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump on Monday had a point to clarify for reporters about his White House conversation with Russian diplomats: "Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel in that conversation," he said, per CNN . Netanyahu quickly... More »

Tougher 'Able-Bodied' Work Rules Expected for Benefits

Trump budget calls for cuts in food stamps, Medicaid

(Newser) - President Trump unveils his first detailed budget plan on Tuesday, and word leaking out in advance suggests he wants big cuts for Medicaid and food stamps. The Washington Post reports that Trump's budget slashes Medicaid by $800 billion over 10 years, meaning he's on board with the House... More »

Trump's Orb Photo Is Instant Meme

It calls to mind a sci-fi movie, maybe every sci-fi movie

(Newser) - It was your ordinary photo op, this one featuring President Trump and the leaders of Egypt and Saudi Arabia as they opened the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Except it just happened to show them placing their hands on a glowing orb in a dark room, which... More »

Trump's High-Stakes Israel Visit Has Amusing Start

His flight may have been first between Israel, Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Trump's visit to Israel started with an amusing moment Monday: After getting off Air Force One at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport and walking along a red carpet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump asked "What is the protocol?" and Netanyahu responded "I don't... More »

North Korea Says Missiles Are 'Answer to Trump'

Kim calls for mass production of new weapons system

(Newser) - North Korea says it's ready to deploy and start mass-producing a new medium-range missile capable of reaching Japan and major US military bases there following a test launch it claims confirmed the missile's combat readiness and is an "answer" to President Trump's policies. The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2... More »

Rubio Doesn't Get the Shock Over Trump

'People got what they voted for'

(Newser) - Surprised by the week the White House has had? Sen. Marco Rubio isn't, and doesn't quite get why you are. During a Sunday interview on Face the Nation, he reminds Americans they "got what they voted for," noting that Trump's White House is not much... More »

In Speech on Islam, Trump Skips a Favorite Phrase

He does not refer to 'radical Islamic terrorism'

(Newser) - President Trump is making headlines not only for what he did say in Saudi Arabia, but for what he didn't say. Specifically, he did not utter the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" when addressing Muslim leaders from around the world. That's a departure for Trump, who used the... More »

Big Lines From Trump's Saudi Speech

He takes a more moderate tone toward Islam

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the Muslim world on Sunday, taking a more moderate tone than he did as a presidential candidate, when he declared that "Islam hates us," reports the New York Times . On Sunday, in his speech in Saudi Arabia to Muslim leaders from around the world, he... More »

Roger Stone: I 'Want to Puke' Over This Trump Image

Longtime ally criticizes decision to accept civilian honor from Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - At least one longtime Donald Trump ally wasn’t pleased with the president picking up an award in Saudi Arabia. That’s actually putting it mildly: "Candidly this makes me want to puke," tweeted Roger Stone after Trump was pictured receiving the Order of Abdulaziz, the nation's... More »

Trump Arrives in Saudi Arabia

King Salman gives him nation's highest civilian honor

(Newser) - President Trump, in the first stop of his maiden trip abroad, received a regal welcome Saturday in Saudi Arabia, feted by the wealthy kingdom as he aims to forge strong alliances to combat terrorism while pushing past the multiple controversies threatening to engulf his administration. Trump arrived in Riyadh after... More »

The Aftermath of Fallon's Famous 'Trump' Tousle

Late-night host talks about famous hair mussing, the reaction, how it has affected him

(Newser) - It was the hair tousle felt 'round the world —and it may have helped dethrone Jimmy Fallon from his perch atop of that world, Dave Itzkoff notes for the New York Times . The 42-year-old Fallon, who started hosting NBC's Tonight Show in 2014, famously drew backlash in... More »

Comey's Friend: Trump's Hug Spoke Volumes

Benjamin Wittes says president's strategy was to make FBI chief his pal

(Newser) - The New York Times has a front-page story Friday detailing how former FBI chief James Comey tried to instruct President Trump about the proper boundaries that should exist between them. The story, for example, says that Trump called Comey soon after taking office and wondered when word would go out... More »

Trump's Foreign Trip Is Unlike That of Any Past President

Will visit 'homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths'

(Newser) - "No president has ever visited the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths all on one trip," says National Security Adviser HR McMaster—and President Trump's critics say there are probably good reasons why. Trump departs Friday for an ambitious first foreign trip... More »

2 Very Different Views on Trump Special Counsel

'New York Times,' 'Wall Street Journal' offer opposite takes

(Newser) - Robert Mueller is getting bipartisan praise , but President Trump thinks the appointment of a special prosecutor over the Russia-Trump campaign probe is a " witch hunt ." What does the media say? Dueling editorials from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times offer opposite takes:
  • The WSJ argues
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Spicer's Public Role May Be Downsized: Sources

They say Trump doesn't want him behind the podium as much

(Newser) - Expect to see a lot less of Sean Spicer. Sources tell Politico the White House press secretary will see his public role scaled way back after President Trump returns from his first foreign trip as president. They say Trump has come to "dread" Spicer's daily press briefings, which... More »

Trump on Special Prosecutor: Biggest 'Witch Hunt' Ever in US

The president weighs in via Twitter

(Newser) - "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" That was President Trump's Thursday morning tweet following news that a special prosecutor had been appointed to investigate whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russian tampering with the presidential election. He followed that... More »

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