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Listening to America: Wichita residents discuss political climate in Kansas

ABC News(WICHITA, Kan.) — President Trump will outline his plans for the nation in his first major address to Congress Tuesday night. While the White House promises the message will be focused on the “renewal of the American spirit,” Americans across the country are weighing in on the key issues they would like to see tackled in a new administration. …

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President Trump: Oscars ‘too focused’ on politics, Best Picture mix-up ‘was sad’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump offered his opinion Monday on the Best Picture mix-up at the Academy Awards, saying that the ceremony’s focus on politics distracted from its organization and “glamour.” Trump made the comments as part of an Oval Office interview with Breitbart News. The president noted that he had “been to the Oscars” previously and that something …

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Top House Republican hasn’t seen ‘evidence’ of Trump-Russia contacts

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The chairman on the House Intelligence Committee said Monday that he had not seen any “evidence” of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government amid an investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election. “We still have not seen any evidence of anyone … from the Trump campaign or any other campaign for that matter that’s …

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Astrid Silva: Meet the woman delivering the Democratic response to Trump in Spanish

Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Immigration activist Astrid Silva will be delivering the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress in Spanish on Tuesday night. Silva marks the first time a Spanish response will be delivered rebutting a president’s first address to a joint session of Congress. She will be joined by former Kentucky Gov. …

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Spicer: ‘We did our job’ by arranging pushback against Russia reports

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that the White House “did [its] job” by pointing reporters to sources who could dispute The New York Times‘ reporting on the Trump campaign contacting Russians prior to the election. “I will say I think we did our job very effectively by making sure that reporters …

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President George W. Bush says it’s important to have a free press

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — During a rare interview on NBC’s Today show, former President George W. Bush — who seldom commented on political issues during Barack Obama’s presidency — offered his critique of the Trump administration’s policies and the president’s contentious relationship with the press. The nation’s 43rd president was on the show to promote his new book, Portraits …

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Dems to highlight red state’s success with Obamacare in response to Trump speech

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Trump’s first major congressional address this week will be met with a Democratic response highlighting the success of Obamacare in a state that Trump won. Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a strong supporter of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, will deliver the Democrats’ rebuttal to the president’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. …

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Five things to note from the conservative convention CPAC

Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference — also known as CPAC — gave conservatives a chance to hear from some of President Donald Trump’s top advisors at the White House and even included a Supreme Court prediction by one of Trump’s former rivals. Here’s five things to note from …

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Trump to propose ‘historic’ defense spending increase in budget blueprint

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Trump administration officials are previewing details of the president’s first budget blueprint that is expected to include a boost in defense spending offset by cutbacks to foreign aid and other “lower priority” programs. Two Office of Management and Budget officials said in a conference call with reporters Monday that the “passback budget” being sent for Congress’ review …

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What to know about the president’s ‘designated survivor’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — On Tuesday, most of the nation’s political elite — from Vice President Mike Pence to House Speaker Paul Ryan — will file into the House chamber to hear President Trump outline his national agenda. But one member of the administration definitely won’t be watching in person. During major presidential addresses, the administration isolates one cabinet-level official in …

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