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Bush and Obama try something new with implicit rebuke of Trump

The decision by two ex-presidents to speak against the current one’s political approach and leadership style has no precedent in modern politics, historians said.

White House chief of staff defends Trump’s call to Gold Star widow

At an emotional appearance before reporters, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly described the trauma of losing service members. The retired general also blasted a Democratic congresswoman for publicizing her account of President…

The Fix: What Kelly got wrong about Rep. Wilson and the Johnson family

To White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the conversation between the president of the United States and the spouse of a fallen soldier is “sacred.” And perhaps, private. But President Trump has been on the receiving end of significant…

George W. Bush’s anti-Trump manifesto, annotated

George W. Bush delivered an unexpected and rather eloquent speech against Trumpism and its offshoots on Thursday at a George W. Bush Institute event in New York. It marked the first time the former president seemed to weigh in at length on…

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Listen to Trump's conversation with a Gold Star family

President Trump called Natasha De Alencar to offer condolences after her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, was killed in Afghanistan on April 8.

DNC reshuffle has some worrying about a 'purge'

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An annual meeting that Democrats hoped would close the door on the bitter 2016 primary produced yet another activists-vs.-establishment fight.

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Health insurers’ most pressing concern right now? Consumer confusion.

Funding is in flux, but most insurers have already finalized plan offerings and are most worried about how consumers' understanding of their options will be affected by the debate over federal payments and cuts to outreach and advertising.

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Tiberi’s departure from Congress shows mounting challenge for Republicans

The Ohio Republican has accepted an offer to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable

Trump gave himself a '10' on Puerto Rico. Then he tried to get its governor to do the same.

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President Trump held a news conference with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Thursday. In it, Trump rated his own response to the devastation that Hurricane Maria caused the island a "10" — out of 10. But this was hardly the most…

McCain threatens to subpoena Trump aides on Niger attack that left 4 U.S. service members dead

The Senate’s top Republican on military matters is pushing the administration to brief key members of Congress on ongoing operations and accused the White House of not being upfront about the details of the ambush.

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John Kelly’s fiery defense of Trump’s shot at Obama and Gold Star phone call, annotated

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly stood up for his boss, President Trump, during a media briefing on Thursday, telling reporters that he is the one who told Trump that previous presidents typically did not call the families of…

Senate approves budget in crucial step for GOP tax cuts

The Republican-proposed budget, which now moves to the House, is projected to expand the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Its passage will let the GOP use a procedural maneuver to pass a tax bill in the Senate with just 50 or more…

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Backers of bill to stabilize ACA show broad support but still must win over Trump

President suggests he could back a “short-term” fix but wants to avoid insurer giveaway.

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Analysis: Bush shows the problem with criticizing Trump while courting his voters

The former president condemns the Trumpism that Republicans seem to feel is important to win elections.

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Bush’s unmistakable takedown of Trumpism: ‘Bigotry seems emboldened’

For the past nine years, George W. Bush has largely stayed out of presidential politics. That changed in a big way today. Bush didn't use President Trump's name, but his target became clearer as the speech progressed.

Making sense of Russia, uranium and Hillary Clinton

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To hear Sean Hannity tell it, the media is ignoring “what is becoming the biggest scandal — or, at least, one of them — in American history.” Hannity is jumping waaay ahead of the facts. So is Breitbart News, which has been running…

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Trump suggests FBI may have ‘paid for’ dossier alleging Russia ties

The compendium of information about Trump, much of it unproven, was produced by a former British intelligence agent last year, mostly before Trump won the 2016 election.

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The Fix: Controversies show a White House clearly unmoored

President Trump's most faithful supporters like to believe he's always a step ahead of the media and the political establishment — that he's playing three-dimensional chess while we're stuck on checkers. Where we see utter discord, they…

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Trump’s 4-Pinocchio claim that insurance companies ‘have made a fortune’ from Obamacare

Contrary to the president’s claims, insurance companies are not reaping billions off the Obamacare exchanges — they are losing billions, according to company filings and industry analysts.

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White House wavers on sending Trump to demilitarized zone along North Korean border

Some aides worry a visit could further inflame already heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, while others have expressed concern over the president's personal safety, according to people who have spoken to administration officials.

Wednesday, Oct 18

Fallen soldier’s mother: ‘Trump did disrespect my son’

The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa said Wednesday that President Trump “did disrespect my son” with remarks in a condolence telephone call. Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington…

Trump promised $25,000 to a grieving military father in a phone call. The check hasn’t arrived.

The father of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge told The Post that President Trump called him and offered him $25,000 out of his personal account a few weeks after his son was killed in Afghanistan in June.

Hours after trashing Democrats on taxes, Trump tells them he wants their help on cuts

The closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee followed a morning tweet attack, but the president did not commit to any changes that would scale back benefits for the wealthy, which has long been a demand for…

‘Somebody screwed up here’: Trump’s 12 days of silence on the combat deaths of four soldiers

After Special Forces soldiers died in Africa, the president said nothing about the attack for several days. The White House said President Trump reached out to their families after details of the incident was verified this week. But…

Tuesday, Oct 17

Another last-ditch effort to tackle Obamacare stalls within hours of its release

The measure presented congressional Republicans with an uncomfortable choice between helping sustain coverage for many Americans and making good on a long-standing campaign promise — and paying the consequences — by allowing the ACA to…

Trump: Ask General Kelly if he got a call from Obama when his son died

President Trump renewed his claim Tuesday that former president Barack Obama failed to call families of fallen U.S. service members, adding “you could ask General Kelly,” whether the White House chief of staff got a call when his Marine…

Trump says drug czar nominee Tom Marino is withdrawing after Washington Post/‘60 Minutes' investigation

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) was under fire in the wake of revelations in a Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation that the lawmaker helped steer legislation in Congress making it harder for the DEA to act against giant drug companies.

Trump’s claim that Obama ‘didn’t make calls’ to families of the fallen

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I am able to do it.” —President Trump, news conference with Senate…

Monday, Oct 16

Trump to declare opioid crisis next week; says he’ll be ‘looking into’ drug czar nominee Marino

The president’s comments came as Democrats reacted sharply to the report that found Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) was the chief advocate for the measure that hobbled the Drug Enforcement Administration. Trump also said he would have a “major…

If Trump doesn't want a nuclear war with North Korea, a 'No First Use' pledge might work better than threats

Here's why this policy might prevent North Korea from hastily launching nuclear weapons.

Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

Corker’s characterization of the White House underscores the difficulty managing an impulsive president.

Interior looks at behind-the-scenes land swap to allow road through wildlife refuge

The deal with Alaska, to benefit a remote town, would ignore a decades-old ban on development in protected wilderness.

Sunday, Oct 15

The Fix: Almost half of GOP backs preemptive strike on North Korea, poll finds

Is it the Trump Effect? The president has repeatedly called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” and generally proved fond of the kind of saber-rattling we expect from the other side of this standoff.

Kellyanne Conway is a terrifyingly quotable Pennywise the Clown in SNL’s biting sketch

"Saturday Night Live” may have found its most uncharitable caricature of someone in President Trump's orbit this weekend, featuring Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway as the scary clown from Stephen King's recently revitalized film “It.” The…

Have dirt that could impeach Trump? Larry Flynt will pay you $10 million.

The Hustler publisher's offer, seeking information leading to President Trump’s removal from office, appears in a full-page ad in today’s edition of The Washington Post.

Researcher for Trump voting commission arrested on child pornography charges

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A Maryland man arrested this week worked for the commission, and his work was abruptly terminated, according to a senior administration official.