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  • President Trump's chaotic first 100 days
    President Trump’s chaotic first 100 days
  • 100 days of Trump...How about 100 days of Sean Spicer
    100 days of Trump…How about 100 days of Sean Spicer
  • Trump orders accountability office at VA
    Trump orders accountability office at VA
  • President Trump signs executive order on offshore energy
    President Trump signs executive order on offshore energy
  • NRA eagerly awaits Trump appearance
    NRA eagerly awaits Trump appearance
  • Trump Team vows diplomatic pressure on North Korea
    Trump Team vows diplomatic pressure on North Korea
  • Trump orders investigation into aluminum imports
    Trump orders investigation into aluminum imports
  • Trump backs down from plan to scrap NAFTA
    Trump backs down from plan to scrap NAFTA
  • Trump may try to remove national monuments
    Trump may try to remove national monuments
  • Here’s what you need to know about Donald Trump’s tax plan
    Here’s what you need to know about Donald Trump’s tax plan
  • Trump aims to limit federal role in education
    Trump aims to limit federal role in education
  • Trump has 'no intention' to release tax returns
    Trump has ‘no intention’ to release tax returns
  • President Trump makes bold economic promises
    President Trump makes bold economic promises
  • Here is what Donald Trump may do to Obama's net neutrality laws
    Here is what Donald Trump may do to Obama’s net neutrality laws
  • Trump signs order on farming, vows to build wall
    Trump signs order on farming, vows to build wall
  • Ryan: GOP and Trump on 'Same Page' on Tax Reform
    Ryan: GOP and Trump on ‘Same Page’ on Tax Reform
  • Trump: 'We will confront anti-Semitism'
    Trump: ‘We will confront anti-Semitism’
  • Ivanka Trump defends dad at women's conference
    Ivanka Trump defends dad at women’s conference
  • Trump to meet with farmers to look for ways to boost rural America
    Trump to meet with farmers to look for ways to boost rural America
  • Ivanka Trump heads to Germany
    Ivanka Trump heads to Germany
  • The entire U.S. Senate was just invited to the White House
    The entire U.S. Senate was just invited to the White House
  • President Trump could ban laptops on flights from U.K. to U.S.
    President Trump could ban laptops on flights from U.K. to U.S.
  • Notable Trump tweets in his first 100 days
    Notable Trump tweets in his first 100 days
  • 'Never again.' President Trump's statement about the Holocaust
    ‘Never again.’ President Trump’s statement about the Holocaust
  • Head of investigation into Trump-Russia ties resigns
    Head of investigation into Trump-Russia ties resigns
  • The proposed border project could shut down the government
    The proposed border project could shut down the government
  • Trump phones record-breaking astronaut
    Trump phones record-breaking astronaut
  • Trump's immigration agency wants to kick 50K Haitians out of U.S.
    Trump’s immigration agency wants to kick 50K Haitians out of U.S.
  • Trump awards Purple Heart at military hospital
    Trump awards Purple Heart at military hospital
  • Pence: US to honor refugee deal with Australia
    Pence: US to honor refugee deal with Australia
  • How a single sentence President Trump made enraged South Korea
    How a single sentence President Trump made enraged South Korea
  • Trump sends condolences after deadly Paris attack
    Trump sends condolences after deadly Paris attack
  • Trump meets with Italian prime minister
    Trump meets with Italian prime minister
  • Trump talks health care at joint presser with Italian PM
    Trump talks health care at joint presser with Italian PM
  • We have Trump's 100 day report card
    We have Trump’s 100 day report card
  • Sarah Palin's 'great night at the White House'
    Sarah Palin’s ‘great night at the White House’
  • Trump details the letter he received from Bill Belichick
    Trump details the letter he received from Bill Belichick
  • Trump seeks investigations into steel imports
    Trump seeks investigations into steel imports
  • Gronk offers to help out Sean Spicer at the White House
    Gronk offers to help out Sean Spicer at the White House
  • Trump welcomes Super Bowl champs Patriots to White House
    Trump welcomes Super Bowl champs Patriots to White House
  • President Trump's approval ratings continue to struggle
    President Trump’s approval ratings continue to struggle
  • Trump received millions from energy companies
    Trump received millions from energy companies
  • In his own words: Trump changes course
    In his own words: Trump changes course
  • Trumps signs bill extending VA care
    Trumps signs bill extending VA care
  • President Trump might scrap Iran nuclear deal over terrorism
    President Trump might scrap Iran nuclear deal over terrorism
  • Trump signs order on high-skilled worker visas
    Trump signs order on high-skilled worker visas
  • Tracking Trump's trips to Florida
    Tracking Trump’s trips to Florida
  • The Justice Department wants more illegal immigration prosecutions
    The Justice Department wants more illegal immigration prosecutions
  • Raw: Pres. Trump tours Wisconsin Snap-On factory
    Raw: Pres. Trump tours Wisconsin Snap-On factory
  • WH: Visitor log rules no different under Trump
    WH: Visitor log rules no different under Trump
  • Trump family hosts thousands for Easter Egg Roll
    Trump family hosts thousands for Easter Egg Roll
  • The 2020 Trump campaign is spending big at Trump's businesses
    The 2020 Trump campaign is spending big at Trump’s businesses
  • How did President Trump spend Easter?
    How did President Trump spend Easter?
  • McMaster: Trump 'will take action' to halt any North Korean threat aga
    McMaster: Trump ‘will take action’ to halt any North Korean threat aga
  • Melania and Barron Trump reportedly moving to Washington this summer
    Melania and Barron Trump reportedly moving to Washington this summer
  • Trump uses obscure law to roll back Obama's legacy
    Trump uses obscure law to roll back Obama’s legacy
  • Raw: Thousands attend Tax Day rally in NYC
    Raw: Thousands attend Tax Day rally in NYC
  • Trump White House won't release their visitor logs
    Trump White House won’t release their visitor logs
  • North Korea blames Trump’s ‘aggressive’ tweets for rising tensions
    North Korea blames Trump’s ‘aggressive’ tweets for rising tensions
  • Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court justice
    Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court justice
  • 'Mother of all bombs' kills dozens of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan
    ‘Mother of all bombs’ kills dozens of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan
  • Trump adopts Obama-era economic policy, abandons campaign promises
    Trump adopts Obama-era economic policy, abandons campaign promises
  • Raw: Trump Arrives at Fla. Resort for Weekend
    Raw: Trump Arrives at Fla. Resort for Weekend
  • Trump and Chinese president shake hands in Fla.
    Trump and Chinese president shake hands in Fla.
  • Trump says Syria attack in 'vital' US interest
    Trump says Syria attack in ‘vital’ US interest
  • Trump administration drops order against anti-Trump Twitter account
    Trump administration drops order against anti-Trump Twitter account
  • Raw: Navy missiles launched at sea toward Syria
    Raw: Navy missiles launched at sea toward Syria
  • Gorsuch wins Senate approval
    Gorsuch wins Senate approval
  • Trump toughens talk on Syria after chemical attack
    Trump toughens talk on Syria after chemical attack
  • Trump defends Bill O'Reilly
    Trump defends Bill O’Reilly
  • Trump welcomes King of Jordan to White House
    Trump welcomes King of Jordan to White House
  • Bannon Removed From National Security Council
    Bannon Removed From National Security Council
  • Trump's approval rating falls to 35%
    Trump’s approval rating falls to 35%
  • Trump vows to cut regulations slowing building
    Trump vows to cut regulations slowing building
  • Trump previews China visit in White House town hall
    Trump previews China visit in White House town hall
  • Melania Trump's portrait released
    Melania Trump’s portrait released
  • Trump donates salary to National Park Service
    Trump donates salary to National Park Service
  • Reports: Jared Kushner makes unannounced trip to Iraq
    Reports: Jared Kushner makes unannounced trip to Iraq
  • Trump promises long friendship with el-Sisi
    Trump promises long friendship with el-Sisi
  • President Trump's latest Twitter storm goes after Clinton...again
    President Trump’s latest Twitter storm goes after Clinton…again
  • Trump slashes foreign aid in 'hard power' budget blueprint
    Trump slashes foreign aid in ‘hard power’ budget blueprint
  • Trump Slams NBC News, 'sleepy eyes' Chuck Todd over Russia stories
    Trump Slams NBC News, ‘sleepy eyes’ Chuck Todd over Russia stories
  • Trump leaves Oval Office before bill signing
    Trump leaves Oval Office before bill signing
  • Trump orders trade overhaul
    Trump orders trade overhaul
  • Attorney: Flynn wants immunity for testimony
    Attorney: Flynn wants immunity for testimony
  • Trump’s Air Force Secretary nominee under fire about consulting
    Trump’s Air Force Secretary nominee under fire about consulting
  • President Trump threatens war on House Freedom Caucus
    President Trump threatens war on House Freedom Caucus
  • Trump's U.S. ambassador to Israel sworn in
    Trump’s U.S. ambassador to Israel sworn in
  • Trump properties tied to alleged Russian mobsters
    Trump properties tied to alleged Russian mobsters
  • Trump joked about Susan B. Anthony, Twitter wasn't pleased
    Trump joked about Susan B. Anthony, Twitter wasn’t pleased
  • Trump hosts senators, spouses at White House
    Trump hosts senators, spouses at White House
  • Ivanka Trump to become an official government employee
    Ivanka Trump to become an official government employee
  • Trump signs order making energy, not climate, a priority
    Trump signs order making energy, not climate, a priority
  • Trump claims presidential immunity from lawsuit
    Trump claims presidential immunity from lawsuit
  • White House staff will not attend White House Correspondents' dinner
    White House staff will not attend White House Correspondents’ dinner
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to defund sanctuary cities
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to defund sanctuary cities
  • Jared Kushner gets new White House role
    Jared Kushner gets new White House role
  • WH: Nothing 'Nefarious' About Kushner's Contacts
    WH: Nothing ‘Nefarious’ About Kushner’s Contacts
  • Ivanka Trump will attend women’s economic summit in Berlin
    Ivanka Trump will attend women’s economic summit in Berlin
  • Trump's wiretapping claim just got more complicated
    Trump’s wiretapping claim just got more complicated
  • Trump: Empowering women a priority
    Trump: Empowering women a priority
  • GOP health care vote pulled at last minute
    GOP health care vote pulled at last minute
  • Trump meets with Congressional Black Caucus
    Trump meets with Congressional Black Caucus
  • WH: Intel chair to brief Trump on 'monitoring'
    WH: Intel chair to brief Trump on ‘monitoring’
  • Trump’s initial reaction to attack near U.K. Parliament
    Trump’s initial reaction to attack near U.K. Parliament
  • Trump's former manager Paul Manafort reportedly pitched plan to benefit Vladimir Putin
    Trump’s former manager Paul Manafort reportedly pitched plan to benefit Vladimir Putin
  • Rex Tillerson says he 'didn't want' secretary of state job
    Rex Tillerson says he ‘didn’t want’ secretary of state job
  • Trump thinks America doesn't know Abraham Lincoln was Republican
    Trump thinks America doesn’t know Abraham Lincoln was Republican
  • No salary, no title, but Ivanka Trump getting a West Wing office
    No salary, no title, but Ivanka Trump getting a West Wing office
  • Trump takes jabs at Colin Kaepernick
    Trump takes jabs at Colin Kaepernick
  • Trump Goes to Ky. for Support on Healthcare Bill
    Trump Goes to Ky. for Support on Healthcare Bill
  • President Trump's approval rating hits new low
    President Trump’s approval rating hits new low
  • Trump meets with Iraq's prime minister
    Trump meets with Iraq’s prime minister
  • President Trump slams intelligence agencies over Russia
    President Trump slams intelligence agencies over Russia
  • White House vows to appeal 'flawed' travel ban ruling
    White House vows to appeal ‘flawed’ travel ban ruling
  • Mnuchin Downplays Divisions at G20 Meeting
    Mnuchin Downplays Divisions at G20 Meeting
  • Trump and Merkel meet in the Oval Office
    Trump and Merkel meet in the Oval Office
  • Trump supports NATO as long as allies pay their fair share
    Trump supports NATO as long as allies pay their fair share
  • Meals on Wheels not specifically identified in Trump's budget
    Meals on Wheels not specifically identified in Trump’s budget
  • Trump: '100 Percent Behind' Health Bill
    Trump: ‘100 Percent Behind’ Health Bill
  • Trump's second travel ban blocked by judge
    Trump’s second travel ban blocked by judge
  • Sean Spicer comments on wiretapping allegations
    Sean Spicer comments on wiretapping allegations
  • Irish PM gives strong immigration message next to Trump
    Irish PM gives strong immigration message next to Trump
  • 'Weak': Trump unhappy with judge's travel ban block
    ‘Weak’: Trump unhappy with judge’s travel ban block
  • Portion of Trump's tax returns released by MSNBC
    Portion of Trump’s tax returns released by MSNBC
  • Donald Trump lashes out at Snoop Dogg's controversial music video
    Donald Trump lashes out at Snoop Dogg’s controversial music video
  • Trump meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince
    Trump meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince
  • Trump gives CIA expanded authority over drone strikes
    Trump gives CIA expanded authority over drone strikes
  • Trump signs order to streamline executive branch
    Trump signs order to streamline executive branch
  • Trump holds first cabinet meeting, eyeing storm
    Trump holds first cabinet meeting, eyeing storm
  • President Trump to donate salary at the end of the year
    President Trump to donate salary at the end of the year
  • Trump Holds Health Care Listening Session
    Trump Holds Health Care Listening Session
  • 'Troubled Person' Arrested at White House
    ‘Troubled Person’ Arrested at White House
  • WH Press Secretary talks wiretap investigation
    WH Press Secretary talks wiretap investigation
  • Trump: Must Act Now To Stop 'Obamacare Disaster'
    Trump: Must Act Now To Stop ‘Obamacare Disaster’
  • Trump Pledges Help for Community Bankers
    Trump Pledges Help for Community Bankers
  • Spicer: Assange 'undermined' nat'l security
    Spicer: Assange ‘undermined’ nat’l security
  • Tweet and delete? Congress warns Trump he could be breaking the law
    Tweet and delete? Congress warns Trump he could be breaking the law
  • Crowds rally outside White House for women's rights
    Crowds rally outside White House for women’s rights
  • Hawaii sues US over new Trump travel ban
    Hawaii sues US over new Trump travel ban
  • Trump warns of 'bloodbath' for GOP if Obamacare survives
    Trump warns of ‘bloodbath’ for GOP if Obamacare survives
  • Trump: 'Proud' to support house health care bill
    Trump: ‘Proud’ to support house health care bill
  • Trump campaign aide Page was given permission for Moscow trip
    Trump campaign aide Page was given permission for Moscow trip
  • President Trump surprises schoolchildren during White House tour
    President Trump surprises schoolchildren during White House tour
  • Trump slams Obama with false claim on Gitmo detainees
    Trump slams Obama with false claim on Gitmo detainees
  • Fact Check: President Trump accused Obama of releasing Gitmo prisoners
    Fact Check: President Trump accused Obama of releasing Gitmo prisoners
  • Trump surprises White House tourists
    Trump surprises White House tourists
  • Trump administration introduces new travel ban
    Trump administration introduces new travel ban
  • Trump tweets Obama wiretapped him before election
    Trump tweets Obama wiretapped him before election
  • What Trump's new travel ban looks like
    What Trump’s new travel ban looks like
  • Trump tours private school in Florida
    Trump tours private school in Florida
  • Trump wants an investigation of Chuck Schumer
    Trump wants an investigation of Chuck Schumer
  • Carson, Perry sworn in for Housing, Energy posts
    Carson, Perry sworn in for Housing, Energy posts
  • President Trump says ‘it’s time for Americans to get off of welfare’
    President Trump says ‘it’s time for Americans to get off of welfare’
  • Jeff Sessions denies allegations of ties to Russia
    Jeff Sessions denies allegations of ties to Russia
  • Aboard $12.9B Warship, Trump Praises US Navy
    Aboard $12.9B Warship, Trump Praises US Navy
  • Trump to military: We will win again
    Trump to military: We will win again
  • Trump: My job is not to represent the world
    Trump: My job is not to represent the world
  • Trump touts first month accomplishments
    Trump touts first month accomplishments
  • Trump: 'Obligation Is to Serve' US Citizens
    Trump: ‘Obligation Is to Serve’ US Citizens
  • Trump begins speech 'condemning hate'
    Trump begins speech ‘condemning hate’
  • Trump signs wide-ranging bills, executive orders
    Trump signs wide-ranging bills, executive orders
  • President Trump gets honest about grading himself
    President Trump gets honest about grading himself
  • Trump's military spending (and cuts to the arts) in context
    Trump’s military spending (and cuts to the arts) in context
  • Congressional Republicans protect Trump's tax returns
    Congressional Republicans protect Trump’s tax returns
  • Wilbur Ross Sworn In as Commerce Secretary
    Wilbur Ross Sworn In as Commerce Secretary
  • Trump blames Obama for White House leaks
    Trump blames Obama for White House leaks
  • Trump welcomes governors to the White House
    Trump welcomes governors to the White House
  • Trump to skip White House Correspondents' Dinner
    Trump to skip White House Correspondents’ Dinner
  • Trump calls media 'very dishonest people'
    Trump calls media ‘very dishonest people’
  • Trump slams FBI 'leakers' amid Russia investigation
    Trump slams FBI ‘leakers’ amid Russia investigation
  • Trump lifts Obama's transgender bathroom protections
    Trump lifts Obama’s transgender bathroom protections
  • Raw: Secretary Tillerson arrives in Mexico City
    Raw: Secretary Tillerson arrives in Mexico City
  • Trump urges fight against hatred, anti-Semitism
    Trump urges fight against hatred, anti-Semitism
  • White House details border, immigration measures
    White House details border, immigration measures
  • Trump Visits African American History Museum
    Trump Visits African American History Museum
  • President Trump names new national security adviser
    President Trump names new national security adviser
  • Trump's sanctuary city fight could hurt his infrastructure plans
    Trump’s sanctuary city fight could hurt his infrastructure plans
  • Trump to meet with Black Caucus after unorthodox back and forth
    Trump to meet with Black Caucus after unorthodox back and forth
  • Raw: Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Baghdad
    Raw: Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Baghdad
  • Trump restates campaign promises at Florida rally
    Trump restates campaign promises at Florida rally
  • Trump admits defeat on travel ban, plans new immigration order
    Trump admits defeat on travel ban, plans new immigration order
  • President Trump accuses news media of being 'out of control'
    President Trump accuses news media of being ‘out of control’
  • Trump rolls back regulations on coal
    Trump rolls back regulations on coal
  • Trump: Administration running like 'a fine-tuned machine'
    Trump: Administration running like ‘a fine-tuned machine’
  • President Trump gets a live fact-check during press briefing
    President Trump gets a live fact-check during press briefing
  • Trump Taps Alexander Acosta as New Labor Nominee
    Trump Taps Alexander Acosta as New Labor Nominee
  • Trump defends administration, bashes media
    Trump defends administration, bashes media
  • Trump slams intel officials, media over Flynn
    Trump slams intel officials, media over Flynn
  • Trump, Netanyahu hold joint press conference
    Trump, Netanyahu hold joint press conference
  • Trump's morning tweets were caffeinated
    Trump’s morning tweets were caffeinated
  • Trump Meets With Retailers. Discusses Tax Reform
    Trump Meets With Retailers. Discusses Tax Reform
  • Trump Secretary of VA and head of SBA sworn in
    Trump Secretary of VA and head of SBA sworn in
  • Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser
    Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser
  • White House shares wrong versions of executive orders
    White House shares wrong versions of executive orders
  • Steven Mnuchin sworn in as Treasury secretary
    Steven Mnuchin sworn in as Treasury secretary
  • David Shulkin confirmed as Veterans Affairs secretary
    David Shulkin confirmed as Veterans Affairs secretary
  • Trump and Trudeau start Oval Office meeting
    Trump and Trudeau start Oval Office meeting
  • President Trump faces foreign policy challenge after North Korea tests
    President Trump faces foreign policy challenge after North Korea tests
  • White House aide defends Conway's Nordstrom comment
    White House aide defends Conway’s Nordstrom comment
  • Raw: Trump, Abe Play a Round of Golf
    Raw: Trump, Abe Play a Round of Golf
  • Flynn denied discussing sanctions with Russia, new reports say he did
    Flynn denied discussing sanctions with Russia, new reports say he did
  • Appeals court enforces suspension of Trump's travel ban
    Appeals court enforces suspension of Trump’s travel ban
  • Senate approves Tom Price for HHS secretary
    Senate approves Tom Price for HHS secretary
  • Trump agrees to continue honoring 'One China' policy
    Trump agrees to continue honoring ‘One China’ policy
  • Trump signs criminal justice executive actions
    Trump signs criminal justice executive actions
  • Trump meets airline execs, hints at tax reform
    Trump meets airline execs, hints at tax reform
  • Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general
    Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general
  • Pence breaks tied DeVos confirmation vote
    Pence breaks tied DeVos confirmation vote
  • Appeals court to decide whether travel ban stays frozen
    Appeals court to decide whether travel ban stays frozen
  • Trump defends travel ban as 'common sense'
    Trump defends travel ban as ‘common sense’
  • President Trump publicly supports LA 2024 Olympic bid
    President Trump publicly supports LA 2024 Olympic bid
  • Trump holds White House meeting with sheriffs
    Trump holds White House meeting with sheriffs
  • Documents show Donald Trump still wields power over his businesses
    Documents show Donald Trump still wields power over his businesses
  • Donald Trump tells Bill O'Reilly he 'respects' Vladimir Putin
    Donald Trump tells Bill O’Reilly he ‘respects’ Vladimir Putin
  • Donald Trump fed up with leaks and blames 'Obama people'
    Donald Trump fed up with leaks and blames ‘Obama people’
  • Trump tells Pence to investigate voter registration
    Trump tells Pence to investigate voter registration
  • Trump administration vows to fight back as Judge blocks travel ban
    Trump administration vows to fight back as Judge blocks travel ban
  • State Department reverses the cancellation of 60,000 visas
    State Department reverses the cancellation of 60,000 visas
  • Trump signs executive orders that loosen financial regulations
    Trump signs executive orders that loosen financial regulations
  • Trump takes aim at Dodd-Frank financial overhaul
    Trump takes aim at Dodd-Frank financial overhaul
  • White House describes new sanctions on Iran
    White House describes new sanctions on Iran
  • Rex Tillerson Sworn in as Secretary of State
    Rex Tillerson Sworn in as Secretary of State
  • Trump makes unscheduled trip to honor fallen Navy SEAL
    Trump makes unscheduled trip to honor fallen Navy SEAL
  • Trump administration puts Iran 'on notice'
    Trump administration puts Iran ‘on notice’
  • Trump touts African American heritage at Black History Month celebration
    Trump touts African American heritage at Black History Month celebration
  • Trump backs 'nuclear option' in Supreme Court fight
    Trump backs ‘nuclear option’ in Supreme Court fight
  • President Trump: Neil Gorsuch is my Supreme Court nominee
    President Trump: Neil Gorsuch is my Supreme Court nominee
  • Elaine Chao sworn in as Transportation secretary
    Elaine Chao sworn in as Transportation secretary
  • Trump meets pharma CEOs with campaign promises in hand
    Trump meets pharma CEOs with campaign promises in hand
  • Trump administration putting 'Iran on notice'
    Trump administration putting ‘Iran on notice’
  • Trump replaces acting Director of Immigration Enforcement
    Trump replaces acting Director of Immigration Enforcement
  • Trump fires acting AG after defiance on immigration order
    Trump fires acting AG after defiance on immigration order
  • Donald Trump says he has decided on his Supreme Court nominee
    Donald Trump says he has decided on his Supreme Court nominee
  • Trump mocks Chuck Schumer's 'fake tears'
    Trump mocks Chuck Schumer’s ‘fake tears’
  • Trump signs executive order on regulations
    Trump signs executive order on regulations
  • Trump spoke with Trudeau on mosque attack
    Trump spoke with Trudeau on mosque attack
  • Steve Bannon's White House role just got bigger
    Steve Bannon’s White House role just got bigger
  • Donald Trump immigration ban loses first legal battle
    Donald Trump immigration ban loses first legal battle
  • Part of Trump's ethics order might look familiar
    Part of Trump’s ethics order might look familiar
  • White House: Green Card Holders Won't Be Subject to Immigration Order
    White House: Green Card Holders Won’t Be Subject to Immigration Order
  • Judge blocks removal of immigrants under Trump's executive order
    Judge blocks removal of immigrants under Trump’s executive order
  • There are some exceptions to Trump's executive order on refugees
    There are some exceptions to Trump’s executive order on refugees
  • Trump says refugee crackdown 'not a Muslim ban'
    Trump says refugee crackdown ‘not a Muslim ban’
  • First Phone Conversation Between Trump, Putin
    First Phone Conversation Between Trump, Putin
  • President Trump's weekly address from the White House
    President Trump’s weekly address from the White House
  • Trump signs two executive actions to end first week
    Trump signs two executive actions to end first week
  • Pence at March for Life: 'Life is winning again'
    Pence at March for Life: ‘Life is winning again’
  • Trump signs executive order on Mexico wall
    Trump signs executive order on Mexico wall
  • Trump promises Homeland Security changes
    Trump promises Homeland Security changes
  • Trump reportedly issues gag orders for several Federal agencies
    Trump reportedly issues gag orders for several Federal agencies
  • Senate Approves Haley as US Ambassador to UN
    Senate Approves Haley as US Ambassador to UN
  • President Trump keeps James Comey as FBI Director
    President Trump keeps James Comey as FBI Director
  • Trump will announce Supreme Court pick next week
    Trump will announce Supreme Court pick next week
  • Trump signs executive order on oil pipelines
    Trump signs executive order on oil pipelines
  • Trump's Spanish version of White House website removed
    Trump’s Spanish version of White House website removed
  • Trump Meets auto executives at White House
    Trump Meets auto executives at White House
  • President Trump continues claim 'illegals' cost him popular vote
    President Trump continues claim ‘illegals’ cost him popular vote
  • Trump signs 3 executive orders, pulls out of TPP
    Trump signs 3 executive orders, pulls out of TPP
  • Trump resigned from business before taking office
    Trump resigned from business before taking office
  • Raw: Trump meets with congressional leaders
    Raw: Trump meets with congressional leaders
  • Trump's press secretary: Intention is 'never to lie to you'
    Trump’s press secretary: Intention is ‘never to lie to you’
  • Donald Trump Just Took His First Steps on ‘America First’
    Donald Trump Just Took His First Steps on ‘America First’
  • Donald Trump Meets with Business Leaders
    Donald Trump Meets with Business Leaders

WASHINGTON – National polls consistently show that more Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing than give him a thumbs-up.

But a new survey of Floridians likely to vote in the 2018 midterm elections finds that the president remains above water in the Sunshine State, with 45 percent having a favorable view and 41 percent giving him a thumbs-down.

More: Grading the President: Donald Trump’s 100 days report card

The poll was released last week by Firehouse Strategies, a Washington-based public affairs consultant firm started by former campaign staffers of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

They hired the data firm Optimus to gauge voter views on Trump’s job performance in four states he won narrowly in November: Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The poll found that 44 percent of those asked across the four states have a favorable view of Trump, compared with 42 percent who don’t.

Ohio voters joined Florida voters in giving Trump a net positive view, and Wisconsin voters gave him a thumbs-down. Pennsylvania voters were evenly split, with 45 percent approving of his job performance and 45 percent not.

Some key findings from the 1,305 Floridians — Democrats, Republicans and independents — surveyed (numbers may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding):

» Only 1 in 5 believes Trump never lies or exaggerates the truth. The rest think he exaggerates the truth either “with good intent” (38 percent) or lies (43 percent).

» Slightly more Floridians (37 percent) say Trump’s first 100 days have been successful compared with 35 percent who disagree. About 28 percent say it’s too early to tell.

» A clear plurality (44 percent) would blame congressional Democrats if the lack of a budget deal leads to a government shutdown. The rest would point the finger at the president (31 percent) or congressional Republicans (26 percent).

This is ostensibly good news for Gov. Rick Scott, who is widely expected to announce next year that he’ll challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who is seeking a fourth term.

Scott, a close Trump ally, will benefit if Florida voters have a favorable view of the president. In addition, Nelson could be hurt if a large portion of his constituents believe Democrats are to blame if the government closes its doors.

More: 2017 legislative session

Florida lawmakers among most bipartisan in Congress

Florida sends some of the most bipartisan lawmakers to Capitol Hill — and some of the most partisan.

The latest yardstick from The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University that measures how well members reach across the aisle shows lawmakers from the Sunshine State ran the gamut during the 114th Congress, which includes 2015 and 2016.

Democrat Bill Nelson (20th out of 98 senators ranked) and Republican Marco Rubio (33rd) were both considered bipartisan as measured against their colleagues. In contrast, Republican Ted Cruz, of Texas, and independent Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, were labeled the two most partisan senators.

The Bipartisan Index measures how often a member of Congress introduced bills that succeeded in attracting co-sponsors from members of the other party, and how often they in turn co-sponsored a bill introduced from across the aisle.

Members are given a score (above a zero means you’re judged to be bipartisan) and then ranked against their peers.

On the House side, three Floridians were among the top 11 most bipartisan members of Congress out of 427 ranked: Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (sixth), Democrat Gwen Graham (ninth) and Republican Carlos Curbelo (11th).

Other Floridians considered bipartisan (and their rank) were: Republican David Jolly (48th), Republican Tom Rooney (52nd), Republican Ander Crenshaw (63rd), Democrat Patrick Murphy (67th), Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz (76th), Democrat Lois Frankel (79th), Republican Gus Bilirakis (81st), Republican Curt Clawson (86th), Republican Vern Buchanan (92nd), Republican Ted Yoho, Republican Mario Diaz-Balart (124th) and Republican Rich Nugent (149th).

Floridians labeled partisan (and their rank) included: Republican Bill Posey (154th), Democrat Kathy Castor (164th), Republican Dennis Ross (168th), Democrat Alcee Hastings (252nd), Democrat Ted Deutch (268th), Republican Jeff Miller (291st), Republican Ron DeSantis (305th), Republican Dan Webster (326th), Republican John Mica (342nd), Democrat Corrine Brown (358th), Democrat Alan Grayson (363rd) and Democrat Frederica Wilson (377th).

Rubio, Warren want to stop trafficking

Under the heading “lawmakers share more in common than you might think” comes this tidbit: Conservative firebrand Marco Rubio and liberal icon Elizabeth Warren are teaming up on a Senate bill.

The Florida Republican (who ran for president last year) and the Massachusetts senator (who could run for president in 2020) are co-sponsoring the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act that would assist financial institutions in identifying and reporting instances of human trafficking. The idea, they said, is to prosecute offenders and protect victims.

“Human trafficking is a human rights violation that can happen in our own backyards without us even knowing it,” said Rubio, who has emerged as one of the Senate’s most passionate voices for human rights. “That’s why we must encourage the development and implementation of effective tools to detect and stop criminals from profiting from this heinous crime.”

“We have an obligation to end human trafficking to ensure that every person can live with freedom and dignity,” Warren said. “To stop this terrible crime, we need to cut off traffickers’ access to the banking system, and this bipartisan bill will give financial institutions and regulators better tools to do so.”

Human trafficking is considered a multibillion-dollar industry that is allowed to exist because banks process their profits but often don’t have the information or the know-how to stop them. The Rubio-Warren bill would direct federal banking regulators to work with law enforcement and financial institutions to combat the use of the financial system for human trafficking.

Contact Ledyard King at lking@gannett.com; Twitter: @ledgeking.

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