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Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — He started by describing the reverent handling of America’s war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to Dover Air Force Base. From that opening, White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a raw and searing monologue Thursday about the reality and pain of war sacrifice, praising those who serve and summoning the 2010 death of his own son to defend President Donald Trump against accusations of insensitive outreach to a grieving … Read the referenced story here: Evoking…

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Trump Celebrates Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights

U.S. President Donald Trump has celebrated the Hindu holiday of Diwali, known as the festival of lights, in a lamp-lighting ceremony in the Oval Office. Indian-American members of the Trump administration, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, gathered with the president Tuesday as he read an official statement and lit the ceremonial oil lamp known as the diya. In his statement, Trump said, “We especially remember the people of India, the home of the Hindu faith, who have built the world’s largest democracy.” Speaking to Indian-Americans in…

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Kelly ‘Stunned, Broken-hearted’ Over Trump Fallen Soldier Controversy

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended President Donald Trump’s handling of the deaths of U.S. service members, and delivered an intense emotional rebuke to those he accused of politicizing the issue. Speaking at a White House press briefing Thursday, Kelly said he was “stunned” when U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson accused Trump of being insensitive to the mother of a fallen soldier during a recent phone call. “It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. It stuns me,” said Kelly. The retired…

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Trump Nearly Certain Senate Republicans Have Enough Votes to Pass Budget Bill

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is nearly certain Senate Republican leaders have secured enough support to pass a budget bill that would help them approve tax legislation. “Republicans are going for the big Budget approval today, first step toward massive tax cuts. I think we have the votes, but who knows?,” Trump tweeted. Later Thursday, Trump told reporters at the White House, “I think we have the votes for the budget, which will be phase one of our massive tax cuts and reform.” The Senate is scheduled to…

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Clinton Cover-Up–Brought to You by Trump Investigators

Gregg Jarrett, Fox NewsDamning new evidence appears to show that Hillary Clinton used her office as Secretary of State to confer benefits to Russia in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to her foundation and cash to her husband. … Read the referenced story here: Clinton Cover-Up–Brought to You by Trump Investigators

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House Panel: 15 Trump Agencies Yet to Provide Travel Costs

A House committee is demanding that 15 federal agencies fully account for senior officials’ travel following reports of costly plane travel by Trump Cabinet secretaries.   In letters sent this week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee threatened to subpoena the Agriculture and Justice departments by the end of the month if officials fail to provide all the information requested on the use of government-owned aircraft for personal travel or private aircraft for official travel.   The panel said 13 other departments and agencies, including the White House, have…

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Puerto Rico Governor to Plead With Trump for ‘Equal Treatment’ After Hurricane

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello says he intends to tell U.S. President Donald Trump at a White House meeting Thursday that people in the U.S. territory want “equal treatment” in recovering from the devastation left a month ago by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island 1,600 kilometers southeast of the U.S. mainland, is still reeling from the storm’s ravages, with less than 20 percent of the 3.4 million of the American citizens who live there with electricity and 35 percent still without drinking water. Ahead of meeting with Trump,…

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