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Bannon: ‘It’s A Season Of War Against The GOP Establishment’

NPR Enlarge this image Former adviser to President Donald Trump and executive chairman of Breitbart News Steve Bannon speaks at a campaign event for Republican candidate for the Senate in Alabama Roy Moore on September 25, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET Steve Bannon came to the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to detail the holy war he intends to wage against Republicans at the ballot box in next year’s midterm elections. “This is not my war. This is our war. And...

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White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly: ‘I’m Not Quitting’ Or ‘Being Fired’

NPR Enlarge this image White House chief of staff John Kelly calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House on Thursday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP White House chief of staff John Kelly made an unusual appearance at Thursday’s daily press briefing to clear up a few things — he isn’t going anywhere, he’s not frustrated by President Trump’s use of Twitter and he’s not trying to micromanage the president. “Although I read it all the time, pretty consistently, I’m not quitting today,” Kelly said. “I don’t believe — and I just...

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Bannon’s ‘War’ With GOP Has Only Just Begun

NPR Enlarge this image Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon speaks at a rally on Monday night in Alabama in support of candidate Roy Moore. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images Roy Moore’s GOP runoff win in Alabama Tuesday has only emboldened the anti-establishment wing of the party in its belief that it can knock off other incumbent senators in next year’s midterm primaries. “We’re going to war,” former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Politico this week. “This is not a pillow fight, this is a fight fight.” Now back at Breitbart...

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Conservatives Fume Over DACA Deal As Trump Tries To Mollify His Base

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to the press at the White House on Thursday upon returning from Florida after surveying damage from Hurricane Irma. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Conservatives are livid after President Trump appears to have made a deal with Democrats in order to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program — claiming he’s abandoning his base and the stringent immigration platform he campaigned on. Commentator Ann Coulter went on a Twitter tirade Thursday, furious that the president appeared to be reneging on his trademark border wall....

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Trump, McConnell Point Fingers Over Health Care Failure

NPR President Trump speaks as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., looks on during a meeting with House and Senate leadership at the White House back in June. Pool/Getty Images When it comes to health care legislation, the finger pointing between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is continuing almost two weeks after GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed. The top Republican in the Senate was the first to throw down the gauntlet this week, saying back home in Kentucky that it was Trump’s political inexperience that led to him setting...

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Source: Mueller Using D.C. Grand Jury In Russia Probe

NPR Special counsel Robert Mueller arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. Alex Wong/Getty Images Special counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in Washington, D.C., in connection with his investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russia and top aides to the Trump campaign, a source with knowledge of the investigation confirms to NPR’s Peter Overby. The source did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Mueller,...

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Trump Son Admits To Meeting Russian Lawyer With Offer Of ‘Helpful’ Info For Campaign

NPR Enlarge this image The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., admitted Sunday in a statement that he met with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 who was said to have had information helpful to his father’s campaign against Hillary Clinton. He said the lawyer did not end up giving any information. Jeff Vinnick /Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jeff Vinnick /Getty Images President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., admitted Sunday to meeting last summer with a Russian attorney because she “might have information helpful to” his father’s campaign. The meeting was first reported by the New...

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Trump Fails To Reach Beyond Base, As Independents’ Disapproval Grows

NPR President Trump speaks about policy changes he is making toward Cuba at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood on June 16 in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty Images President Trump’s support has eroded with independent voters since he took office. Though he still clings to a loyal base of supporters, his overall disapproval among Americans has reached record highs, according to a new NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll. Just 37 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing just over five months into his tenure, while 51 percent disapprove. Forty percent of those polled strongly disapprove of...

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