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Trump Invites His Employees To Praise Him During Cabinet Meeting

Trump cabinetPresident Donald Trump invited his top employees to shower him with compliments on Monday. They happily obliged, one-by-one, on live television.

During a Cabinet meeting at the White House, the president touted the “record-setting pace” of his legislative agenda and claimed “never has there been a president, with few exceptions” who has accomplished more while in office.

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Donald Trump Maintains Losing Streak In Court Over His Travel Ban

Travel ban upheld for third timePresident Donald Trump couldn’t appease the appeals court that first rebuked him over his travel ban, as a panel of judges dealt him yet another legal setback Monday despite administration efforts to help the ban survive judicial scrutiny.

More than three months since the president went back to the drawing board on his original executive order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has again refused to reinstate the revised version, which would impose a ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries and a suspension of the refugee resettlement program.

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D.C., Maryland to sue Trump over alleged Constitutional violations

DC and Md. attorneys general sue Trump over Const. violationsThe attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia intend to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, accusing him of violating portions of the Constitution intended to protect against corruption and seeking to uncover the tax returns that the president has thus far been unwilling to release.

A source familiar plans for the suit said its focus will be on the president’s continued ownership of his family’s business empire, control of which Trump said has been handed over to his two adult sons. But far from the blind trust standard adopted by past presidents, Trump continues to receive some information about the Trump organization, including profit reports, from his sons.

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DOJ: Trump can accept payments from foreign governments

Trump can accept payments from foreign governmentsLawyers for the Justice Department are arguing that President Trump isn’t violating a Constitutional provision that bars federal officials from accepting payments from foreign governments because the clause doesn’t apply to certain transactions.

In a new brief asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit brought against Trump by ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), DOJ lawyers contend that the foreign emoluments clause doesn’t apply to “fair-market commercial transactions” like payments for hotel rooms and golf club fees, according to Bloomberg.

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Trump blasts Qatar hours after Tillerson urges end to blockade

TillersonPresident Trump on Friday chided Qatar for funding terrorism, remarks that could complicate U.S. efforts to ease the diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf.

“The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level," Trump said during a press conference at the White House.

Trump's comments came just hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for all sides to de-escalate the conflict, and for other Arab nations to end a blockade against Qatar. Tillerson was in the White House rose garden during the remarks.

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N.Y. AG Schneiderman examining Eric Trump Foundation

Eric SchneidermanThe Office of the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking into allegations of self-dealing in the Eric Trump Foundation raised by a recent Forbes report.

Schneiderman was already investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation for whether or not the president personally benefited from the fundraising efforts and spending of the foundation before the inauguration.

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Donald Trump's new FBI director pick has Russian ties of his own

Christopher WrayThe most troubling issue that Wray may face is the fact that his law firm — King & Spalding — represents Rosneft and Gazprom, two of Russia’s largest state-controlled oil companies.

Rosneft was prominently mentioned in the now infamous 35-page dossier prepared by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele. The dossier claims that the CEO of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, offered candidate Donald Trump, through Trump’s campaign advisor Carter Page, a 19% stake in the company in exchange for lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia. The dossier claims that the offer was made in July while Page was in Moscow.

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