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Trump Pushes Huge Tax Cut, but There's One Big Problem

GOP lawmakers worried about the deficit may not play along

(Newser) - President Trump promises to outline his tax proposals on Wednesday, and the big headline in advance is that he wants to cut the corporate tax rate dramatically from 35% to 15% even if that raises the national debt. Here's a look at the ramifications, along with other aspects of... More »

Trump Willing to Delay Fight Over Border Wall Funding

White House 'confident' shutdown can be avoided

(Newser) - Saturday will be President Trump's 100th day in office and his administration seems confident that the day won't feature a government shutdown , despite disagreements over funding for his border wall. Trump told conservative journalists at a White House reception Monday evening that he is willing to delay the... More »

US Nuclear Sub Arrives in South Korea

No sign of nuke test on important date for Pyongyang

(Newser) - A US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the US, Japan, and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and... More »

Feds Delete Blog Post Promoting Mar-a-Lago

They say the intention was to 'inform the public'

(Newser) - The State Department appears to have axed a controversial blog post that sung the praises of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago private estate in Florida. The page , which was strongly criticized by ethics experts, now states "the intention of the article was to inform the public about where the president... More »

Trump Will Order Review of Bears Ears, Other Monuments

He will also sign an executive order aimed at expanding offshore drilling

(Newser) - President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican's assault on Democratic President Barack Obama's environmental legacy. The orders could expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and... More »

State Dept. Blog Promoting Trump's Club Makes Waves

Blog post appears to be promoting Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - A State Department blog post is making waves—because it appears to be promoting Mar-a-Lago, the private Florida club President Trump owns. The post was published April 4, but gained attention Monday after people realized it had been shared on the US Embassy in London's website, and started making... More »

All 100 Senators to Attend Briefing at White House

It's a 'rare' move

(Newser) - In what Reuters and Fox News call a "rare" move, four top officials in President Trump's administration will brief the entire US Senate on Wednesday. The topic? North Korea. It's not unusual for top administration officials to address members of Congress on Capitol Hill, but in this... More »

Border Wall May Trigger a Government Shutdown

Congress has until Friday to pass a budget, and the White House is digging in

(Newser) - Two familiar phrases are back in the news this week, and this time they're related: "government shutdown" and "border wall." Congress has until Friday to pass a budget and avoid a government shutdown, and one big sticking point is the White House's renewed push for... More »

Trump Near 100 Days: Deeply Unpopular, With Staunch Base

President's numbers break a few record lows, but his voters are sticking with him

(Newser) - President Trump is proving as polarizing and vexing as candidate Trump once did: A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that while Trump remains a deeply unpopular president, the people who voted for him are sticking by him. The current inhabitant of the Oval Office has a 42% approval rating... More »

Thorn in the Side of 9 US Presidents: the Assads

Marathon negotiations with Bashar al-Assad's father were nicknamed 'bladder diplomacy'

(Newser) - The Assad family has been in power in Syria since a successful coup in 1970, the last of dozens that occurred after the country, which is wedged between Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq, had declared sovereignty from France in 1946. Since then, each of nine American presidents has tried... More »

Ditching Press Dinner, Trump Plans Rally Instead

President will head to Harrisburg, Pa., for 'BIG' rally on Saturday

(Newser) - Eschewing tradition in Washington, DC, President Trump on Saturday will become the first commander in chief since Ronald Reagan—who was then recuperating from an assassination attempt—to skip the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, and instead will head to Harrisburg, Pa., to hold a rally, reports NBC News . Trump... More »

Bannon 'Comeback' Involves Steel, Canada, Dairy 'Disgrace'

Nationalist views on trade win out over globalist ones—or so it seems for now

(Newser) - President Trump has been pushing hard to bring his "Buy American, Hire American" mantra to fruition, including with an executive order meant to prevent "foreign cheaters" from taking US jobs and infringing on our steel production, a senior administration official said Monday, per Politico . The New York Times ... More »

Trump Said, 'Let's Bring Her Home.' Now She's Home

Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi had been detained in Egypt for almost 3 years

(Newser) - In what appears to be a major foreign-policy victory for President Trump, a freed Egyptian-American charity worker is back in the US after the president personally intervened in the case, officials say. Aya Hijazi, a 30-year-old US citizen who'd been detained in Egypt for nearly three years, flew from... More »

NZ Paper Refers to New US Ambassador as 'Former Nude Model'

And former senator, but perhaps that's not as punchy

(Newser) - After losing his Massachusetts Senate seat to Elizabeth Warren in 2012 —and then failing to nab the New Hampshire seat in 2014 —Scott Brown appears to have again found a political post. President Trump on Thursday announced his intention to nominate Brown, an early Trump supporter, as ambassador... More »

NYT Tweet of Patriots-Trump Photos Causes a Stir

Newspaper shows crowd comparison, but leaves out some key context

(Newser) - It's another Trump-related brouhaha over crowd size. The New York Times set this one off with a tweet of two photos, one showing the New England Patriots visiting Trump at the White House on Wednesday and another showing them visiting President Obama in 2015. The Obama crowd was much... More »

Trump's Least Favorite Judge to Hear DACA Deportee Case

Legal analysts say there's no conflict of interest

(Newser) - President Trump is likely to be no fan of this scenario. US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whom Trump accused of being a "hater" and a "Mexican" when he presided over a lawsuit involving Trump University, will hear the case of a man who says he was deported by... More »

Pesticide Maker's Letter to Trump Administration: 'Set Aside' Studies

Companies say risk assessments are flawed

(Newser) - Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads... More »

Russian Bombers 'Show Their Teeth' in Alaska Fly-By

US Air Force intercepted them with F-22 fighter jets Monday evening

(Newser) - "Nothing to see here," was US military officials' reaction to an incident this week involving Russia off the coast of Alaska—even though the Air Force sent two F-22 fighter jets and an early-warning plane to address the situation. A spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command... More »

Trump Destroys Record for Inaugural Fundraising

Committee raised $107M, including $5M from Sheldon Adelson

(Newser) - In 2009, a record-breaking $53 million was raised for President Obama's first inaugural festivities, despite a cap of $50,000 per donation, reports the New York Times . With no such cap in place, President Trump's inaugural committee says it raised twice as much at a whopping $107 million,... More »

'Despair' Led to College Prof's 'Trump Must Hang' Tweet

And to Lars Maischak's paid leave from Fresno State

(Newser) - An ill-advised tweet about President Trump has led to a "voluntary leave of absence" for a history instructor at Fresno State, per a university statement cited by the Fresno Bee . Fresno State President Joseph Castro says Lars Maischak will spend the rest of the spring semester doing research instead... More »

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