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Will Trump Flout The Constitution’s Gifts Clause?

The Constitution puts Congress in charge of enforcing the gift ban, and so the Republican-controlled House and Senate could grant him waivers. If Trump is allowed to flout the Constitution, it would be a supreme irony.

December 7, 2016
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Separation Anxiety: Trump’s Management Style Poses Challenges In Oval Office

Micromanaging is not necessarily a recipe for disaster – presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama gained reputations as micromanagers. However, a micromanager with a lack of any government experience is a potentially toxic combination.

December 1, 2016
Trump close to settling Trump University lawsuit

Donald Trump Nears Settlement In Trump University Lawsuit

Lawyers for the president-elect have been squaring off against students who claim they were they were lured by false promises into paying up to $35,000 to learn Trump’s real estate investing “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

November 18, 2016
Trump taps immigration hard-liner Jeff Sessons for attorney general

Trump Taps Immigration Hard-Liner Jeff Sessions For Attorney General

Sessions opposes any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and was an enthusiastic backer of Trump’s promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

November 18, 2016
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With The Trump White House Gunning For The Press, It’s Time To Fight Back

When Trump gleefully ignored all sorts of media norms on the campaign trail, he was met with modest resistance from the press, and he won the election. So why would he suddenly feel pressure to follow previous White House media traditions?

November 18, 2016
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The White House Press Briefing Room Might Become A Hostile Place For Hispanic Journalists

Donald Trump is considering Laura Ingraham as a possible choice for White House press secretary. The attacks she’s launched against Hispanic journalists and Spanish-language media would make the White House briefing room a very hostile place for Hispanic journalists.

November 15, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Should Trump Put A Big Gold ‘T’ On The White House?

Evidently Trump will be free to vandalize our national heritage the same way he defaced a national election.

November 15, 2016
Ben Carson opts out of Trump's team

Ben Carson Opts Against Job In Trump Cabinet

Ben Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, said Carson has made clear he has no experience in running a federal bureaucracy. “Dr. Carson doesn’t feel like that’s the best way for him to serve the president-elect,” Williams said.

November 15, 2016
Steve Bannon and his attacks on women

Steve Bannon And His History Of Attacks Against Women

Steve Bannon’s background and reputation is steeped in accusations of misogyny and assault, and critics are protesting his appointment.

November 15, 2016
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Obama To Tutor Trump Because He’s Clueless About The Scope Of His New Job

After observing Trump’s frightening lack of preparedness, President Obama is now said to be in the unenviable position of having to go above and beyond what’s generally expected in advising his successor.

November 15, 2016
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Trump The Showman Takes Center Stage

Donald Trump has no real ideology beyond advancing his brand and fluffing his own feathers. Ironically, this might actually work to the country’s advantage.

November 14, 2016
Trevor Noah reviews Obama's Oval Office meeting with Trump

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Goes Behind That Oval Office Meeting

The Daily Show host found it impossible not to imagine what Trump and Obama were really thinking.

November 11, 2016
White House announces plan to combat violent ideologies

White House Plans Community-Based Prevention Of Violent Ideologies

A White House plan aims to convene teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and help prevent Americans from turning to violent ideologies. The 18-page plan marks the first time in five years that the Obama administration has updated its policy for preventing the spread of violent groups.

October 19, 2016
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White House, Govt Agencies To Talk On Plans In Case Of Shutdown

The White House budget office was slated to hold a call with U.S. government agencies on Friday to plan for a government shutdown in case the U.S. Congress fails to pass a short-term funding bill by a deadline next week.

September 23, 2016
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Obama To Meet With Congressional Leaders On Monday: White House

The group is expected to talk about a continuing resolution, or CR, to temporarily fund the government when the 2017 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. Congress has yet to approve full appropriations bills to fund the government in fiscal 2017, a senior Democratic congressional aide said.

September 9, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Bill O’Reilly Insists White House Slaves ‘Well Fed And Had Decent Lodgings’

Enslaved families across America were split apart, rape was common, and human life was a commodity to be traded worldwide. But hey, food and shelter. Let’s move on.

July 27, 2016
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Savvy White House Wives and Tales They Could Tell

By my count, seven presidents adored their wives and made a show of it. If you add Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, grief-stricken widowers, a trend becomes visible.

March 11, 2016
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Obama Administration Seeks To Bolster Gender Wage Gap Fight

Secretary of Labor: “We can’t deliver on the promise of equal pay unless we have the best, most comprehensive information about what people earn.”

January 29, 2016
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Hillary Clinton’s First Step Forward

Simply put, everything Clinton has done, she has done well. Voters need a line that connects that past to future excellence.

January 22, 2016
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White House Says Trump’s Muslim Comments Disqualify Him For President

Press secretary: Other GOP candidates, who have pledged to support the person who eventually wins the party’s nomination, should disavow Trump “right now.”

December 8, 2015
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White House Shrugs Off Schumer’s Decision To Oppose Iran Deal

President Obama’s hopes of preserving the Iran nuclear deal were dealt a blow on Thursday when Sen. Charles Schumer came out against it.

August 7, 2015
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White House Lifts Ban On Cameras In White House Tours

The Obama administration marked the occasion with a special video by First Lady Michelle Obama, smiling as she tore one of the “No photos” signs up with her own hands.

July 1, 2015
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Endorse This: Obama Really Keeps His Party Under Wraps

Watch a report on how the word got out — and also a note about a certain other president who hung out with Hollywood stars at the White House.

June 16, 2015
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Eleanor And Franklin, Here Come Bill And Hillary

Indelible partnerships make memorable presidencies. The Roosevelts lived in the White House for a dozen years. Bill and Hillary plan to stay a total of 16.

May 15, 2015
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Seahawk Wilson, Intel’s Krzanich Among Guests At Abe State Dinner

During Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to the states, Obama invites sporting, business, entertainment, and tech elite to a formal dinner at the White House.

April 29, 2015