Trump ex-campaign chair talks with Senate investigators

By Chad Day and Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman met with Senate investigators Tuesday, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year, according to people familiar with the closed-door interview. The appearance by Paul Manafort came the same morning that Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner returned to Capitol Hill for a second day of private meetings, this time for a conversation with lawmakers on the House intelligence committee. Both Manafort and Kushner have been cooperating with the committees which, along with Special Counsel Robert… Read More

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The standoff between Trump, Sessions escalates

By Devlin Barrett, Philip Rucker and Sari Horwitz | Washington Post WASHINGTON – The public standoff between the White House and the nation’s senior law enforcement official took another strange turn Tuesday as President Donald Trump escalated his verbal attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was urged by fellow conservatives to stand his ground. Attorney General Jeff Sessions under fire: It is unheard of for a Cabinet-level official to be subjected to such visceral and public criticism, which has now gone on for a week. (Chip Somodevila/Getty Images) Trump was asked at a Rose Garden news conference if he would fire the attorney general, who angered the president by… Read More

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Trump says Apple CEO has promised to build 3 plants in U.S.

By Tripp Mickle and Peter Nicholas, Dow Jones Newswires President Donald Trump on Tuesday said in an interview that Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., a surprising statement that would help fulfill his administration’s economic goal of reviving American manufacturing. Trump, in a 45-minute interview with The Wall Street Journal, said Cook promised him Apple would build “three big plants, beautiful plants.” Trump didn’t elaborate on where those plants would be located or when they would be built. “I spoke to [Cook], he’s promised me three big plants — big, big, big,” Trump said as part of a discussion about… Read More

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Michelle Obama urges women to seize their power while not hiding their scars in Denver speech

In her first public appearance in Colorado since leaving the White House, former first lady Michelle Obama had a message for women: Seize your power and don’t let go. Sitting for an armchair conversation in front of 8,500 people, Obama was relaxed, personable and playful but still serious as she talked on a range of topics around education for girls, health and nutrition and female empowerment — all things she worked on as first lady — at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center. The crowd was a mix of young and old and predominately women. The event’s popularity forced organizers to open up… Read More

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Senate dives into health-care debate despite deep divisions within the GOP

By Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin, Kelsey Snell, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – The Senate embarked on a freewheeling process to rewrite the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, as Republicans overcame deep divisions to bring their proposals up for debate by the narrowest possible margin. But those same schisms threatened to leave the party far short in the coming days of its ambitious goal to undo major parts of the ACA, which the GOP has been vowing for seven years to dismantle.On Tuesday night, just hours after opening debate, Senate Republican leaders failed to pass a bill that they spent weeks crafting but never gained sufficient traction with the rank-and-file. Fifty-seven… Read More

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Ken Buck says on CNN that Donald Trump “should work things out” Jeff Sessions in private

Colorado Congressman Ken Buck said Tuesday in a CNN interview that President Donald Trump “has things to work out” with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and that the two should address their differences quietly. “I think they should (work things out) in private,” said Buck, a Weld County Republican, “I think the attorney general is doing his very best to support the president in the way an attorney general can.” Trump has been furious with Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from investigations into alleged ties between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump has taken to Twitter to express his anger with Sessions, saying in a Tuesday post that… Read More

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