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The Real ‘Spicey’ Crashes The Emmys, As Stars Mock Trump

NPR Stephen Colbert and Sean Spicer at the Emmys Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy Television is intractable in the story of Donald Trump, with his run on reality TV serving as the lead-in to his political rise. And television’s 69th Emmy Awards seemed all about Trump Sunday night. The tone of the award show was set from host Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue, in which he noted, “However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can’t deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way. All the late-night shows, obviously.”...

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Trump Says No ‘Chaos’ As He Swears In His New Chief Of Staff

NPR New White House chief of staff John Kelly was sworn in by President Trump on Monday. Evan Vucci/AP President Trump swore in his new chief of staff Monday morning, former Homeland Security Secretary and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, telling reporters he has no doubt Kelly will do a “spectacular job” in his new role. Kelly takes over from Reince Priebus, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, who left the position after a little over six months, unable to bring order to a chaotic and at times fractious West Wing. The changeover follows one of Trump’s worst...

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Sessions Says He Plans To Continue Serving As Attorney General

NPR Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety on June 20 in Bethesda, Md. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images At a news conference on a law enforcement action this morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked about President Trump’s comments to the New York Times that he regrets appointing him. “We in this Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard to serve the national interest, and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities of President Trump,” Sessions said. “I have the honor of serving as Attorney General. It is something that...

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In Paris, Trump Defends Son’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer

NPR President Trump is in Paris to celebrate Bastille Day and the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, alongside France. Markus Schreiber/AP President Donald Trump once again defended his son Don Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in the midst of last year’s presidential campaign, saying his son is a “wonderful young man,” and that the meeting was one “most people in politics would have taken.” Trump’s remarks came during a news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron while Trump is visiting the longtime U.S. ally as part of France’s Bastille Day...

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Trump Names Retired Marine Corps General To Lead Secret Service

NPR Enlarge this image U.S. Secret Service agents stand on the tarmac as Air Force One lands in West Palm Beach, Fla., in February. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption toggle caption Wilfredo Lee/AP President Trump has chosen Randolph “Tex” Alles to lead the U.S. Secret Service, turning to an outsider to head the beleaguered beleaguered agency tasked with protecting the president and his family. Randolph Alles, formerly of Customs and Border Protection, is President Trump’s choice to lead the Secret Service. He testified during a Senate Homeland Security hearing in 2013. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mark Wilson/Getty...

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Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Blasts Putin

NPR Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, right, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, left, have vowed to go where the intelligence leads them in their probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Susan Walsh/AP The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday of ordering a “deliberate campaign carefully constructed to undermine” last year’s presidential election. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., made the charge as the Senate panel held a rare public hearing about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., avoided any mention...

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Schumer Says He’ll Oppose Gorsuch Nomination, Sets Up Filibuster Showdown With GOP

NPR Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be an associate justice of the US Supreme Court during a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images On the final day of the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Senate Democratic leader announced his opposition to the Supreme Court nominee. In a speech on the Senate floor, Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Gorsuch “will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation,” setting up a showdown with Republican leaders who may attempt to change Senate rules. Republicans control...

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Trump To Propose $54 Billion Defense Increase, Cuts To Domestic Programs

President Trump will propose a budget that he says “puts America first,” with increased military spending and cuts to domestic programs. Evan Vucci/AP President Trump’s budget will propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending, while slashing domestic programs by the same amount. The president told the nation’s governors on Monday that his plan “puts America first,” and that “we’re going to do more with less, and make the government lean and accountable to people.” An official with the White House Office of Management and Budget, who spoke to reporters only if not named, said most agencies will see budget cuts, including foreign aid, which comprises less than 1 percent of federal spending. A formal budget blueprint will be sent to Congress in March. The official said this the first step of “internal collaboration” between the White House and federal agencies. The official said details about tax cuts and entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare, will come later. The administration is not expected to proposed changes to entitlements. It will be up to Congress to write the final spending plan, and it’s likely there will be strong objections from Democrats to the proposed domestic cuts. Already, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that the budget will take “a meat ax to programs that benefit the middle-class.” NEW: Schumer blasts @POTUS budget outline that would cut middle class programs...

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