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Trump doling out plum adviser jobs to rich friends

GuilianiRudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump's top political surrogates and a millionaire, is running point on the president-elect's cybersecurity policies. Carl Icahn, a billionaire friend in New York, is charged with cutting regulations. And, now, Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, two of his top real-estate friends, are special advisers to build a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

Trump has amassed a Cabinet of unheard-of wealth, filled with business executives and CEOs. But he has also quietly appointed a number of his richest friends and allies to unpaid jobs of importance, where their responsibilities are blurry but their power could prove immense. They will help set the administration's policies while also remaining in the private sector, where they could financially benefit from such policies through their own personal business interests.

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Trump presidency begins with defense of false 'alternative facts'

Trump presidency starts with liesDonald Trump began his first full week as US president firmly on the defensive, after millions of Americans took to the streets to protest against his election and the White House came under fire for brazenly lying to the public.

Rattled by the nation’s biggest political demonstrations since the Vietnam war, Trump and his aides spent an extraordinary first weekend in office falsely claiming that record numbers of people had attended his swearing-in on Friday.

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Ex-CIA director: Trump should be ashamed of himself

John BrennanFormer CIA Director John Brennan was reportedly "deeply saddened" by President Trump's remarks at the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday.

According to former CIA deputy chief of staff Nick Shapiro, Brennan believes that Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for his "display of self-aggrandizement."

“Former CIA director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes. Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself,” Shapiro said in a pair of tweets.

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Sean Spicer slams media over inauguration crowd coverage

Sean SpicerWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer came to the briefing room Saturday to chastise journalists for their coverage of attendance at President Trump’s inauguration before leaving the briefing room without taking any questions.

“Some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting,” Spicer said, calling out two examples on Twitter of “inaccurate numbers involving crowd size” as well as reporting from a Time magazine journalist that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office.

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‘We’re Not Going Away’: Huge Crowds for Women’s Marches Against Trump

Women's marchHundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington in a kind of counterinauguration after President Trump took office on Friday. A range of speakers and performers cutting across generational lines rallied near the Capitol before marchers made their way toward the White House.

• They were joined by crowds in cities across the country: In Chicago, the size of a rally so quickly outgrew early estimates that the march that was to follow was canceled for safety. In Manhattan, Fifth Avenue became a river of pink hats, while in downtown Los Angeles, even before the gathering crowd stretched itself out to march, it was more than a quarter mile deep on several streets.

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Justice Department blesses White House post for Kushner

Justice Department blesses Kushner  WH appointmentIn a reversal of legal advice given to prior presidents, the Justice Department has concluded that it is lawful for President Donald Trump to appoint his son-in-law Jared Kushner to a White House post.

A 14-page opinion dated Friday from Justice's Office of Legal Counsel asserts that a federal anti-nepotism law that applies to agencies across the executive branch does not cover the White House itself.

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Trump Signs Executive Order To Roll Back Obamacare

Trump exec orderPresident Donald Trump wasted no time in chipping away at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes called "ACA" or "Obamacare").

Today, shortly after he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, President Trump signed an executive order giving the Department of Health and Human Services and "other executive departments and agencies" the authority and discretion to roll back certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

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