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Trump: ‘You think our country’s so innocent?’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump appeared to equate US actions with the authoritarian regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview released Saturday, saying, “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” Trump made the remark during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, saying he respected his Russian counterpart. “But he’s a killer,” O’Reilly said to Trump. JUST WATCHED Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH

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Mattis: US will defend Japanese islands claimed by China

(CNN)US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Saturday reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending Japan, including a group of disputed islands which have been claimed by China. “I made clear that our long-standing policy on the Senkaku Islands stands — the US will continue to recognize Japanese administration of the islands and as such Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty applies,” Mattis said in a press conference with Japanese Defense Minister…

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Justice Department to challenge judge’s halt of travel ban

Washington (CNN)The White House on Friday night said the Justice Department will challenge a judge’s nationwide halt of President Donald Trump’s immigration order. The Trump administration initially called the order “outrageous,” but minutes later, dropped that word in a second statement about the matter. “At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the…

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Injured toddler’s future waits on Trump travel policy

(CNN)Severe burns disfigured the toddler’s face. Scars are scattered under little Dilbireen Muhsin’s chin. In Kurdish, the young Yazidi boy’s name means “wounded heart.” Yet 2-year-old Dilbireen, affectionately called Dili, remains cheerful and self-sufficient. He enjoys cuddling with his blanket and playing peek-a-boo, and he exhibits more independence than many other children his age — from feeding himself to brushing his own teeth. This might be because he has been…

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Super Bowl guacamole could get pricier

(CNN)Super Bowl fans, enjoy that guacamole dip on Sunday, because it may cost you more at next year’s big game. That’s because its main ingredient, avocados, may increase in price if President Donald Trump scraps a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico. According to the Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocados from Mexico (APEAM), most of the avocados consumed in the United States come from across…

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Utah’s GOP gov posted this photo of a refugee family and welcomed them to the US

Washington (CNN)Utah Republican Gov. Gary Herbert posted a photo of a refugee family arriving at the Salt Lake City International Airport Thursday, the last to arrive in the state before President Donald Trump’s 120-day suspension of refugees entering the US went into effect. A great Utah moment as we welcome Utah's newest pioneers, a family of Pakistani #refugees. #utpol A photo posted by Gary R. Herbert (@governorherbert) on Feb 2,…

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After Trump attack, Lockheed Martin slashes F-35 cost

(CNN)Defense giant Lockheed Martin has agreed to sell 90 new F-35 fighter jets to the US Defense Department for $8.5 billion — a deal that amounts to more than $700 million in savings over the last batch of aircraft delivered. Lockheed Martin credited President Donald Trump for helping to “accelerate negotiations” and “drive down the price” of what is already the most expensive weapons program in history. The cost of…

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Trump travel ban leaves Iranian baby’s heart surgery in limbo

(CNN)An Iranian infant with a heart defect is entangled in President Trump’s immigration ban — and her extended family in Oregon is on an urgent mission to get her to the US for critical surgery. Fatemeh’s parents were scheduled to meet with doctors in Portland on February 5, but were barred from traveling from Tehran to Portland, Fatemeh’s uncle, Samad Teghizadeh, told CNN Thursday. Several congressional Democrats released a letter…

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Super Bowl LI has military ties on both teams with Garland and Cardona

Houston (CNN)When Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Ben Garland was attending the Air Force Academy, he really wasn’t focused on pursuing a career in the NFL. “I was thinking more so becoming an Air Force officer and being the best pilot I can be,” Garland said in Houston as his team was in the midst for preparing for Super Bowl LI. The game, which is scheduled to kick off Sunday at…

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Mexico foreign minister: Trump phone call was constructive

(CNN)A phone call last week between Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto and US President Donald Trump was constructive and not confrontational, Mexico’s foreign minister told CNN in an exclusive US television interview. Luis Videgaray also told “Anderson Cooper 360” that his nation was very willing to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the White House. Videgaray said the conversation last Friday between Trump and Pea Nieto was…

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Former Clinton adviser: Bannon on NSC shows ‘bad judgment’

Washington (CNN)A former adviser to Hillary Clinton cast a skeptical eye toward President Donald Trump’s decision to include a political aide on the National Security Council’s Principals Committee. Jake Sullivan made his comments Thursday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer — days after Trump moved to include Bannon at the table and amid reports of a raid in Yemen that led to the death of one Navy SEAL and numerous civilians, one…

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Ruline Steininger, Clinton supporter, dies at 103

(CNN)On a cold February night last year, 102-year-old Ruline Steininger caucused for Hillary Clinton in Iowa, determined to witness history and help elect the country’s first female president. “I’ve got a big job ahead of me … I’ve got to live,” she said at the time. “After that, OK, I can die if I want to, but I’m going to live until she’s elected.” Watch as Hillary Clinton meets a…

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What you need to know about the Israeli settlements

(CNN)Four issues have dominated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the most difficult to solve and the most complex to handle: the status of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees (and their right of return), borders, and settlements. Recent announcements by the Israeli government of the expansion of West Bank settlements, made in the period since Donald Trump became US President, have put settlements back in the spotlight. The announcements come just weeks after the…

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51 fascinating things to know about Super Bowl LI

(CNN)The Super Bowl, aka your best yearly excuse to crush a six pack while you’re on a couch on a Sunday night, is just days away! You already know the basics: The Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan will take on the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady in a battle between North and South; veterans and Super Bowl neophytes. For all the nitty gritty gameday details, consult the…

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Trumpolicy: Day 14

Washington (CNN)For those of you keeping track, it’s now three days in a row without any executive actions by President Donald Trump, but, of course, stay tuned for updates! As more of the President’s cabinet picks push through to a Senate floor vote and the President himself touts some tough long-distance phone calls, much of the buzz on Capitol Hill still centers on what’s happening with his immigration orders and…

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Facing criticism, Gabbard to personally pay for Syria trip

Washington (CNN)Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she will pay out of her own pocket for the cost of her recent heavily criticized trip to Syria. A statement from the congresswoman’s office released Tuesday night said she would “personally reimburse the cost” despite the fact that the trip met the requirements of the House Ethics Committee. The trip’s funding was initially not disclosed, but a statement said the Arab American…

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White House aide: Trump’s moves don’t embolden ISIS, Iran

Washington (CNN)A top assistant to President Donald Trump dismissed concerns Wednesday that the administration’s travel ban would embolden extremists overseas. “Any document signed or executed in the United States makes no difference to ISIS,” Sebastian Gorka told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.” “The idea that what we do here, that they’re suddenly going to surrender or give up or recruit less, is absurd.” Since Trump signed the order temporarily…

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Murray cribs DeVos question from education group

Washington (CNN)Sen. Patty Murray, who earlier this week raised plagiarism questions about President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, appears to have pulled one of her written questions for the nominee from an industry group fact sheet. Eli Zupnick, a spokesman for the Washington Democrat, said Tuesday that staffers solicited “questions and ideas from advocates and education groups” but “did not include proper citation to their original source.”…

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White House tries to course correct after messy travel restriction rollout

Washington (CNN)For those in the White House yearning for a more controlled structure than existed in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the messy rollout of the executive order restricting travel into the US may have been a gift. White House sources tell CNN the President himself was unhappy with the way it was executed — particularly the backlash caused by poor communication to key agencies and members of Congress. According to…

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Inside the Yemen raid: Women al Qaeda fighters surprised US forces

Washington (CNN)New details have emerged surrounding Sunday’s deadly joint US-United Arab Emirates counterterrorism raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen, shedding light on why the mission happened when it did — and what went wrong. The military said the operation was geared toward collecting as much intelligence on the terror group as possible in order to facilitate future raids and strikes against al Qaeda down the road and prevent…

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Melania Trump hires chief of staff

Washington (CNN)Nearly two weeks after her husband assumed office, Melania Trump has made her first official East Wing hire. Lindsay Reynolds will serve as assistant to the President and chief of staff to the first lady, the White House announced Wednesday evening. Reynolds previously served in the George W. Bush White House and brings more than 14 years of political fundraising, event management and logistical expertise to the position, per…

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Earth Day picked as date for science march on Washington

(CNN)Just like protesters who have taken to the streets and airports — for the Women’s March and against the travel ban — scientists are planning their own march. The group behind the March for Science in Washington just announced in a tweet that they will rally on April 22 — Earth Day. The march, born on social media — through an idea floated in a Reddit thread and then followed…

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President Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Trump announced Tuesday night at the White House. The nomination of Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal appellate judge from Colorado, gives Trump and Republicans the opportunity to confirm someone who could cement the conservative direction of the court for decades. Who is Neil Gorsuch? GOP’s tactic of obstruction ‘pays dividends’ Democrats ready for Gorsuch battle on Capitol Hill…

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Prime-time Justice: Trump puts on a flawless show

Washington (CNN)For once, the ultimate showman gave Republicans exactly what they bargained for. President Donald Trump, turning the ornate East Room of the White House into the centerpiece of a well-orchestrated television production, made good on his promise and handed his party a solid conservative nominee for the Supreme Court. “I am a man of my word, I will do as I say,” Trump said Tuesday night, savoring the drama…

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Meet Neil Gorsuch: a fly-fishing Scalia fan

(CNN)Donald Trump, who has made some pretty out-of-the-box choices since he became President of the United States, decided to go establishment for his first Supreme Court pick. Like Scalia, Gorsuch attended Ivy League schools. In fact, if Gorsuch joins the bench, each one of he new colleagues will have also attended elite universities. But Gorsuch went a step further. He also went to Oxford. In some ways, however, Gorsuch is…

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Mark Cuban: Trump travel ban ‘half-a**ed, half-baked’

(CNN)Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban on Tuesday night bashed President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, saying he believes the plan will do more harm than good. Asked by CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” whether the ban would hurt the United States, the Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” star responded, “Totally.” “Look, let’s just be real clear,” Cuban said, “the ban was half-assed and half-baked.” Trump signed an executive order Friday…

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