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Trump's Defiance of Congress on Subpoenas Escalates

This has 'constitutional crisis written all over it,' writes one pundit

(Newser) - The White House and Congress are embroiled in a growing fight over Congress' ability to force officials in the executive branch to testify. Democrats in Congress see the White House resistance as a violation of checks and balances laid out in the Constitution. But President Trump says House Democrats are... More »

Netanyahu Will Be at the White House Monday

President Trump to host Israeli prime minister for two days

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be at the White House for two days next week, the White House announced Wednesday. "The president and the prime minister will discuss their countries' shared interests and actions in the Middle East during a working meeting on March 25," says a... More »

White House: Dems Can't See Kushner Clearance Documents

Lawyer calls request 'radically intrusive'

(Newser) - The White House says it isn't going to comply with a "radically intrusive" request from Democrats to see documents related to the controversial top-secret security clearance of Jared Kushner. In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, White House counsel Pat Cippolone argued that the committee did not... More »

Report: Trump Ordered Kelly to 'Fix' Kushner Security Clearance

Dems threaten to subpoena White House

(Newser) - House Democrats vowed to step up their investigation of White House security clearances amid reports that President Trump demanded a top-secret security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump ordered former chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance last year despite... More »

After Questions on Cohen, Reporters Kept From Dinner

2 granted access after photojournalists took stand: AP

(Newser) - Some reporters, abruptly evicted from a work area at a Hanoi hotel on Tuesday, were barred from covering President Trump's dinner with Kim Jong Un on Wednesday. Though the White House called it a "social dinner," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the press pool would be... More »

Trump Called Him a 'Mess' After His Tell-All. Now, a Suit

Former White House aide Cliff Sims has filed complaint against president

(Newser) - Trump called Cliff Sims a "mess" and a "gofer" when the latter's "boring" tell-all book about the White House dropped nearly two weeks ago. The president also mentioned the "non-disclosure agreement" Sims—who worked on the 2016 Trump campaign, and as a White House aide... More »

Trump: I Work More Than Almost Any Past President

He says leak of work schedules should have been a positive, shows how hard he works

(Newser) - President Trump says the leak of his daily schedules "should have been reported as a positive, not negative"—because it shows just how hard he is working. The leak showed that around 60% of Trump's workday is unstructured "executive time," but the president says that... More »

Ahead of Physical, Trump Hasn't Followed Doctor's Advice

Different physician will perform this year's exam

(Newser) - President Trump, the second president ever to still be in office at the age of 72, undergoes the second physical exam of his presidency Friday—and though he was declared to be in "excellent health" last year, insiders say he hasn't been following the medical advice he was... More »

Source Leaks Trump's Private Daily Schedules to Media

Axios reports that 60% of his time is unstructured 'executive time'

(Newser) - President Trump is fond of "executive time" in the White House—unstructured stretches in which he makes phone calls, has informal chats, watches cable news, etc.—and a new report makes clear just how fond he is. Axios reports that over the last three months, 60% of Trump'... More »

2020 Race Just Got a Venti Jolt

Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might run as an independent

(Newser) - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz gave the 2020 race a jolt Sunday by announcing that he is "seriously considering" running for president as an independent. "Our two parties are more divided than ever," he tweeted . "Let’s discuss how we can come together to create opportunities... More »

Trump Invites Football Champs to White House, Buys Wendy's

'Our nutritionist must be having a fit'

(Newser) - The scent of burgers, fries, and victory wafted through the stately White House on Monday as President Trump saluted college football's Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship. Trump, a fast food lover, said he paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown. He did not... More »

The Shutdown: What Not to Eat

And other ways the partial closure is affecting Americans

(Newser) - Welcome to day 22: Starting Saturday, the partial government shutdown became the longest such closure in American history. About 800,000 federal workers received blank pay statements Friday as politicians in both parties continued to maneuver and consider their options, the AP reports. President Trump pressed Congress to find a... More »

Top White House Aide Planned to 'Hide' With Pay

Seems Zachary Fuentes had a unique view of his job

(Newser) - Anyone seen Zachary Fuentes? The top White House aide was planning to kick back in a nearby building and collect pay for six months until he could claim early retirement, Newsweek reports. With boss John Kelly leaving, the 36-year-old White House deputy chief of staff apparently told colleagues he'd... More »

John Kelly Won't Be Out in 2018 After All

Trump says 'great people' want the job 'badly'

(Newser) - John Kelly won't be leaving the White House in 2018 after all—but he's probably not going to need to put up a 2019 calendar in his office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during a Fox appearance Tuesday that the White House chief of staff will remain... More »

Rumored John Kelly Replacement Is Quitting

Nick Ayers won't be chief of staff after all

(Newser) - President Trump's top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role, the AP reports. Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was seen as the favorite for the job when Trump announced Saturday that Kelly... More »

President Trump: 'Stop Calling' John Kelly 'for Anything'

The chief of staff is finally departing

(Newser) - It's official: John Kelly is leaving the White House. "John Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the year," said President Trump while heading out for the Army-Navy game Saturday, USA Today reports. Rumors had been swirling after White House sources said Kelly was on his... More »

She Has Made Trump's Bed, and She's Undocumented

'NYT' talks to woman who says she worked as undocumented employee at NJ golf club

(Newser) - Victorina Morales knows she stands a good chance of getting fired, or even deported, after speaking to the New York Times about her time as a housekeeper for President Trump's golf club in Bedminster, NJ. But the Guatemalan native says Trump's comments against Latin American immigrants, as well... More »

Clinton Found This Note When He Took Office

From an outgoing president to an incoming one

(Newser) - It was a grace note for the ages. "Dear Bill," George HW Bush scribbled Jan. 20, 1993, to the Democrat about to succeed him as president, the AP reports. "When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that... More »

Trump Returns to 'Winter White House'

Mar-a-Lago members have near-unimpeded access to president

(Newser) - President Trump is back in his comfort zone at the "winter White House": Mar-a-Lago, where women in furs and men in diamond jewelry and monogrammed slippers mingle with Sylvester Stallone and Fabio at New Year's Eve celebrations and Don King rubs elbows with Cabinet members, could-be ambassadors, and... More »

Ivanka Trump Sent Emails About Government From Private Account

Democrats might launch investigation

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump might not have been paying attention at the numerous rallies where her father denounced Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government use. Officials have confirmed that the president's daughter used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails relating to government business... More »

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