Split Congress Poses New Obstacles to Trump

WASHINGTON—President Trump on Wednesday vowed a “warlike posture” should newly empowered House Democrats exercise oversight, while simultaneously calling for bipartisan cooperation, highlighting the changed dynamic in Washington after midterm elections that divided Congress after two years of full Republican control. At a freewheeling and often combative news conference at the White House, Mr. Trump threatened…

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Senate’s Fate Will Weigh Heavily on Trump’s Term

Republicans extended their majority in the Senate amid GOP setbacks elsewhere, leaving President Trump reliant on the chamber to protect his agenda in Congress—and incoming lawmakers indebted to a president who backed their campaigns. The GOP victories in a set of states that Mr. Trump won in 2016 and where he campaigned on behalf of…

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China grants initial approval for 16 new Ivanka Trump trademarks

China has granted Ivanka Trump initial approval for 16 trademarks on a bevy of branded products — from shoes and sunglasses to semiconductors and voting machines — the New York Times reports. Why it matters: The approvals come more than two years after Trump’s company applied, “which is far longer than the average processing time of…

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2. NBC, Fox News, Facebook pull controversial Trump anti-immigration ad

NBC, Fox News and Facebook have pulled a controversial anti-immigration ad paid for by President Trump’s campaign. CNN, meanwhile, refused to air the ad at all, calling it “racist.” The backdrop: The 30-second ad, a shorter version of a clip Trump tweeted last week, depicts undocumented Mexican immigrant Luis Bracamontes, who received the death penalty…

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As midterms marred by violence, experts point finger at Trump

Washington, DC – Eleven people shot dead in a synagogue. Two African Americans killed at a supermarket. More than a dozen pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and CNN. As President Donald Trump and Republicans escalated campaign rhetoric, much of it anti-migrant and anti-Muslim, deadly attacks and threats of violence marred the lead-up to the midterm elections.…

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Honduran caravan remains determined despite renewed Trump threats

Tonala, Chiapas, Mexico – Oscar Omar Nunez, a 37-year-old street vendor, said in Honduras you have to pay to work. Extortion and death threats make even the sidewalk business in some neighbourhoods dangerous and expensive, he said. That’s why Nunez along with his wife and their three children fled Honduras more than a week ago.…

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Judge throws out Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Trump

A federal judge in California dismissed Monday a defamation lawsuit that Stephanie Clifford (also known as Stormy Daniels) filed against President Trump for what her legal team described as “irresponsible and defamatory statements” on Twitter. The backstory: Daniels sued Trump in April for calling a composite sketch of a man Daniels said threatened her in…

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Trump gives RNC chair another term

As President Trump builds his team for 2020, he has asked Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel to serve a second term, according to a source familiar with the conversation. The big picture: The source said Trump praised McDaniel’s work on behalf of the America First agenda, effective management of the party infrastructure, and record…

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Poll: 46% say they still don’t approve of Trump tax cuts

More Americans continue to disapprove (46%) than approve (39%) of last year’s sweeping tax overhaul bill signed into law by President Trump, according to a new poll by Gallup. Why it matters: Trump promised that trillions of dollars would quickly follow the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but so far, only $143…

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