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Spies Keep Trump in Dark on Intelligence in Sign of Mistrust

Spies keep intel from TrumpUS intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward US spy agencies.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

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Labor Secretary Nominee Andy Puzder Withdraws Nomination

Andy Puzder withdraws nameAndy Puzder, President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday amid growing questions about his business record and scrutiny from senators on both sides of the aisle.

The head of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr., came under harsh criticism from Democrats and liberal groups for his opposition to raising the minimum wage, past controversial comments, and the racy ads his properties have used to promote the fast-food chains.

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‘Morning Joe’ bans Kellyanne Conway: ‘She’s not credible anymore’

Kellyanne ConwayThey’ll just have to book alternative guests.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway is no longer welcome on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski declared Wednesday — blasting the Trump aide as “not credible anymore.”

“At times in recent days, Kellyanne Conway has struggled to be on the same page, to say the least, as the rest of the staff in the White House,” Brzezinski said, citing Conway’s contradictory TV interviews on short-lived national security adviser Michael Flynn’s exit.

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Texas first state to support Trump travel ban with Ken Paxton brief

Ken BaxtonIn a show of support for President Trump’s embattled travel ban, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit saying the immigration order is lawful.

The supporting brief makes Texas the first state to support Trump’s travel ban, said an official in Paxton’s office.

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The Journalism Empire Strikes Back

Jounralists strike backAfter weeks of mocking the mainstream media as “fake news” and “the opposition party”—an attempt to delegitimize an essential participant in American democracy in order to control the version of reality being sold to the citizenry—Donald Trump and the people around him are being forced to confront a basic fact:

Journalists matter.

And with the firing of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn—a step President Trump took very reluctantly Monday night in response to the damaging revelations published by The Washington Post and The New York Times about the retired general’s lies concerning his conversations with the Russian ambassador—journalism as an institution has reasserted itself.

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Astronomers find 60 new planets, including a 'super Earth'

Gliese 411 BA group of international researchers hit the planetary jackpot by spotting 60 new planets, including a “super Earth.”

The team also found evidence of 54 other planets, bringing the total of new exoplanets to over 100, according to a statement from the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, which participated in the study.

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Senate abolishes Obama-era rule on gun ownership by mentally disabled

Senate abolishes restiction for mentally ill gun ownersThe U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a rollback of a rule preventing some receivers of Social Security disability benefits from purchasing guns.

It voted 57 to 43 to strike down a regulation requiring the Social Security Administration to report those with mental health conditions who receive disability benefits to the FBI background check system. The FBI database is used to determine eligibility to purchase firearms; it was expected to add about 75,000 names to the list of those disqualified.

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Trump nixes anti-corruption regulation for U.S. energy companies

Trump nixes anti-corruption billPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation to scrap an anti-corruption regulation enacted last year to increase transparency in the business dealings of energy companies.

Trump signed House Joint Resolution 41 to repeal the rule, which required U.S. energy companies to disclose any payments involving domestic or foreign governments to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The regulation from former President Barack Obama's administration was part of the Dodd-Frank Act, a regulatory reform package passed in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis and Great Recession.

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Trump: Two-state solution not only way to achieve peace

Two state solution not only path to peace: TrumpUS President Donald Trump has said that a peace deal between Israel and Palestine can be a one-state or two-state solution as long as both sides agree on it.

"Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one both parties like. I can live with either one," Trump said, replying to questions during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Wednesday.

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