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Trump lashes out at 'so-called angry crowds' at GOP town halls

President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening portrayed the heated reception some Republican lawmakers are getting at their town halls as fiction, instead accusing liberal activists of ginning up negative headlines.

“The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!” Trump tweeted.

GOP lawmakers on recess, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, are getting an earful in their home districts, with some constituents railing against Trump’s plans to repeal Obamacare, his controversial Cabinet nominees and his Supreme Court pick.

Hill Republicans have accused liberal mega-donors of bankrolling a tide of local protesters, but organizing groups have denied that their efforts are being fueled by notable donors such as George Soros.

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White House: States Should Get To Decide Whether To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students
"The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government."
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White House reverses on Trump's golf game
By MATTHEW NUSSBAUM

President Donald Trump played a full round of golf Sunday, enjoying once again a habit he regularly assailed Barack Obama for. After initially saying Trump had only played a few holes, the White House reversed itself Monday after professional golfer Rory McIlroy posted on his website that he had played 18 holes with the president.

“As stated yesterday the President played golf. He intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said Monday. “He also had a full day of meetings, calls and interviews for the new NSA, which he is continuing today before returning to Washington, D.C. tonight.”

This weekend marks Trump’s third straight at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, which he has taken to calling the “Winter White House.”

Trump regularly panned Obama for his penchant for hitting the links, but Trump made it to the golf course far faster than the previous two presidents, waiting just two weeks before playing his first round. Trump recently golfed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and is expected to conduct more such golf diplomacy.

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Mexican officials riled by Trump’s new deportation memos
The release of the documents come on the eve of Tillerson and Kelly’s trip south of the border. By NAHAL TOOSI

President Donald Trump’s blunt diplomatic touch is creating new headaches for the deeply troubled U.S.-Mexico relationship.

The Trump administration riled Mexican officials by choosing Tuesday — the day before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were due to visit Mexico City — to release sweeping guidelines on deportations and a border wall.

As Mexican officials rushed to contact the State Department for more information, the timing of the guidelines’ release threatened to severely hinder what could have been a diplomatic make-up session, U.S. and Mexican officials and analysts said.

“It does poison the general context in which the trip is taking place,” said Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to the United States. “It will create public opinion backlash and congressional backlash in Mexico.”

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CNN chose facts over another appearance by Kellyanne Conway

  • CNN’s communications team shut down Kellyanne Conway, calling out the “alternative facts” specialist for using alternative facts of her own.
  • It began Saturday, when Huff Post reported that CNN actively chose not to put Conway on air on their flagship Sunday show, State of the Union. 
  • The New York Times later quoted CNN’s explanation that turning Conway down was because of “serious questions about her credibility.”
  • Conway denied that report, saying she “could not do live Sunday shows this week [because] of family.”
  • CNN fired back a half-hour later, saying the White House offered to make Conway available for the show, but they “passed” on her appearance. Read more
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Donald Trump apparently told his female campaign staffers to “dress like a woman.” So now, women all over the internet are telling him how women dress

Following reports that President Donald Trump’s female staffers allegedly felt pressure to dress “like women” while working on his campaign, women across the globe are speaking out against the myth that their workplace wardrobes should consist solely of skirts and heels. And their Twitter retorts, via the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman, have been pretty inspiring.

Trump didn’t realize what he was signing when he gave Steve Bannon unprecedented power

  • Trump raised a lot of eyebrows by elevating his chief strategist Stephen Bannon to a permanent seat on the National Security Council.
  • Democrats, though, apparently weren’t the only ones stunned by the move. Among the people caught unaware was one Donald J. Trump. 
  • The New York Times reported on Sunday that Trump hadn’t realized what he did when he signed the 2,100-word executive memorandum that elevated Bannon to the NSC.
    • “Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council.”
  • Read that again: The president of the United States, Donald Trump, was “not fully briefed” on a document he signed, a document that carries the force of law. Read more
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Michelle and Barack Obama’s last annual Christmas address is a poignant reminder of how much we love these two

President Obama says that Christmas inspires him to strive toward love, compassion, and hope. “Those are values that help guide not just my family’s Christian faith but that of Jewish Americans and Muslim Americans, non-believers and Americans of all backgrounds,“ adds the President. Plus, the POTUS and First Lady are just totally adorable.

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