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  • About 900 State Department officials sign dissent memo: source

    January 31, 2017 8:42 PM 22

    WASHINGTON Roughly 900 U.S. State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo critical of President Donald Trump's travel ban for refugees and immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, a source familiar with the document said on Tuesday. A senior State Department official confirmed that the memorandum in the department's "dissent channel"

  • Gorsuch told he is likely Trump's Supreme Court pick: CNN

    January 31, 2017 5:58 PM 18

    WASHINGTON Conservative U.S. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch has been told he is likely President Donald Trump's pick to fill a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court that has been vacant for almost a year, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed source. Gorsuch, 49, who would replace the late Antonin Scalia, is a judge on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit

  • DHS Chief: Trump Executive Order 'Not a Ban on Muslims'

    January 31, 2017 5:33 PM 16

    John Kelly, secretary of Homeland Security, defended President Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees on Tuesday, saying that it is "not a ban on Muslims." Kelly, who addressed reporters along with officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), added that he would enforce the president's

  • Ryan defends Trump immigration order but regrets confusion

    January 31, 2017 4:52 PM 14

    WASHINGTON U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, but said he regretted the confusion caused by its implementation. "The president has a responsibility to the security of this country," Ryan told reporters. "It's regrettable that there was confusion on the rollout

  • Clash Over Refugee Ban Brings Firing of Justice Dept. Head

    January 31, 2017 8:37 AM 9

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has fired the acting attorney general of the United States after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ban and refused to defend it in court. The clash Monday night between Trump and Sally Yates, a career prosecutor and Democratic appointee, laid bare the growing discord and dissent

  • U.S. Senate advances nomination of Tillerson as Secretary of State

    January 30, 2017 11:28 PM 21

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate advanced the nomination of former Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) Chief Executive Rex Tillerson on Monday to be President Donald Trump's secretary of state. As voting continued, the procedural vote was 56 to 43 to move toward a final confirmation vote, most likely late Tuesday or early on Wednesday. The vote was almost exclusively

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu to meet with Trump

    January 30, 2017 9:21 PM 17

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States next month. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Netanyahu will visit on February 15. He said Trump looks forward to "discussing continued strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation." Trump has signaled

  • The best signs from protests over Donald Trump's immigration ban

    January 30, 2017 8:45 PM 22

    Protesters rally against the Muslim immigration ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Protesters rally against the Muslim immigration ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California

  • Trump adding CIA back to National Security Council: White House

    January 30, 2017 7:06 PM 17

    WASHINGTON President Donald Trump will amend his recent National Security Council reorganization to add the CIA to the group, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the CIA had not been part of the national security forum since 2005, but he said Trump was making the change out of respect for Director Mike Pompeo and others

  • Former President HW Bush released from hospital

    January 30, 2017 6:29 PM 18

    Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Texas hospital after being treated for pneumonia. The former president’s office issued a brief statement saying Bush was released Monday from Houston Methodist Hospital. “He is thankful for the many prayers and kind messages he received during his stay, as well as the world-class care that both his doctors