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Trump says he won't attend White House Correspondents Dinner
Ida Mae Astute/ABC (WASHINGTON) -- President Trump will not attend this year's White House Correspondents Dinner, he announced on Twitter Saturday."Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" the commander-in-chief added. I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez elected DNC chair
MANDEL NGAN,BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (ATLANTA) -- Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez has been elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, grabbing the reins of the political wing of the party and emerging as a key figure in the party's opposition to President Donald Trump's agenda.More than 400 party insiders gathered in Atlanta this weekend to cast their ballots. The former Obama appointee will try to rally a party still reeling from its presidential election defeat and crippled by down-ballot losses across the country over the last decade.Many in the party's progressive wing had thrown their support behind...
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What you need to know about new DNC chair Tom Perez
Pete Marovich/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Top Democrats on Saturday chose former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to lead the party in its opposition to the agenda of President Donald Trump.The establishment and progressive wings of the party were split between Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison over the last several months. Some progressives said they were reluctant to fall in line behind Perez should he win.Perez has work to do: In addition to losing the 2016 presidential race, the Democrats have lost dozens of Congressional seats and hundreds of state legislature seats over the last several election cycles.So who is...
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Barack Obama and daughter Malia attend 'The Price' on Broadway
Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Former President Barack Obama surprised Broadway theater-goers Friday when he and daughter Malia attended the evening performance of The Price.The daddy-daughter duo headed backstage after the play -- a new revival of the Arthur Miller classic -- and met with the cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Danny DeVito, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht.The Roundabout Theatre Company tweeted a photo of the pair with the cast, writing, "We are so honored to have had President @barackobama in our theater this evening for #ThePriceBway!" The president and Malia were spotted leaving the American Airlines Theatre...
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News outlets excluded from White House press secretary's gaggle
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Multiple news outlets were excluded from a White House gaggle with press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon, according to reporters present, sparking criticism from the White House Correspondents' Association and other observers.The move comes amid President Donald Trump's ongoing battle with many news organizations, which he has characterized as "fake news" and the "enemy of the American People," an assertion which he doubled down on Friday during the Conservative Political Action Conference.The gaggle, which took place in Spicer's office, was being held in lieu of a traditional briefing in the James S. Brady Press...
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President Trump renews attacks on media amid news of FBI-White House contact
ABC News (NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) — President Trump made a victorious return to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, where he sought to assure cheering audience members that they now have a top advocate for their policy priorities in the White House while also taking aim at his favorite target, the media."All of these years we've been together and now you finally have a president, finally," Trump said.Trump was notably absent from the annual conservative gathering during his presidential run in 2016 and was skewered by his opponents in the GOP primary for skipping. "I would have come last...
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President Trump's history of using anonymous sources
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump used part of his speech at an annual gathering of conservatives Friday to take aim at reporters' use of anonymous sources, despite using unidentified sources himself in the past."They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," Trump said in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.The president didn't mention that his White House like every previous administration has officials serve as unnamed sources frequently as a way of informing reporters of policy and operational matters. The media also uses anonymous sources to protect the identity of people who might...
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Trump signs executive order to help remove 'job-killing regulations'
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- President Trump signed an executive order for regulatory reform on Friday, directing government agencies to set up task forces to look into ways to eliminate or scale back regulations.Trump said that the order is “one of many ways” the administration will remove “job-killing regulations.”"This directs each agency to establish a regulatory reform task force which will ensure that every agency has a ... real team of dedicated people to research all regulations that are unnecessary, burdensome and harmful to the economy and therefore harmful to the creation of jobs and business. Each task force will make...
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Rex Tillerson stays silent as State Dept. set to resume 'regular' briefings
RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been maintaining his silence during his first weeks on the job, as has the department he heads. But some of that veil of silence will be lifting early next month.The daily State Department briefing -- a fixture at Foggy Bottom since the Eisenhower administration and watched closely in Washington and in capitals around the world -- has not resumed under Tillerson. But "regular" briefings are set to resume on March 6, acting spokesperson Mark Toner said Friday, though it is unclear if they will still be daily or televised.Tillerson...
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Former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear to give Democratic response to Trump's first address to Congress
Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday,Astrid Silva, an immigration activist from Nevada and one of the so-called "dreamers," will deliver the Democrats' Spanish-language response to Trump's speech.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the speakers for the Democratic response Friday, indicating that Beshear was selected to counter GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and Silva to address the president's actions on immigration.As a Democratic governor of a red state, Beshear...
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White House chief of staff urged FBI to dispute Trump-Russia report
ABC News (WASHINGTON) — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus made a personal appeal to a top FBI official to dispute reports that multiple senior members of President Trump's campaign had communicated with Russian agents during the 2016 election, a senior White House official confirmed to ABC News on Friday.Priebus had reached out to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in an effort to knock down reports of talks between campaign officials and Russia following a New York Times report on the matter last week, the official said.Priebus only made the request after the FBI had told the White House...
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Pence downplays town hall backlash, rallies conservatives at CPAC
ABC News (NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) — In his primetime speech to conservatives at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday night, Vice President Mike Pence spoke out against the backlash Republicans are seeing in districts across the country, dismissing the "best efforts of liberal activists," while promising an orderly transition from Obamacare to a GOP replacement."Despite the best efforts of liberal activists around the country, the American people know better," Pence told CPAC attendees at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland.Pledging an "orderly transition," he added, "America's Obamacare nightmare is about to end."The vice president, appearing...
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