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AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview

Trump interview unintelligibleIn an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that "contract" with voters.

A look at some of his assertions in the interview conducted Friday and other statements he made over the past week:

TRUMP, on his 100-day plan: "I'm mostly there on most items." — AP interview

THE FACTS: He's not. Many have yet to be taken up.

Of 38 specific promises Trump made in his 100-day "contract" with voters, he's accomplished 10, mostly through executive orders that don't require legislation.

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Here Comes One More Great Trump ‘Civil Rights’ Nominee (Yeah, Right)

Candice JacksonCandice Jackson has a keen eye for racism—when practiced against her, a white woman. Now, thanks to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, she may become one of the most powerful civil rights figures in America.

Last week, ProPublica reported that during her time at Stanford University as an undergrad in the mid-90s, the woman who has been nominated to be the deputy assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education penned as series of op-eds for the conservative Stanford Review describing the “racism” she faced as a white person while attending Stanford, claiming that the university’s support for affirmative action amounted to promoting “racial discrimination.”

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Trump condos worth $250 million pose potential conflict

Trump condosPresident Trump’s companies own more than 400 condo units and home lots whose sale could steer millions of dollars to Trump, a USA TODAY investigation has found.

USA TODAY spent four months cataloging every property Trump's companies own across the country. Reporters found that Trump’s companies are sitting on at least $250 million of individual properties in the USA alone. Property records show Trump’s trust and his companies own at least 422 luxury condos and penthouses from New York City to Las Vegas, 12 mansion lots on bluffs overlooking his golf course on the Pacific Ocean and dozens more smaller pieces of real estate. The properties range in value from about $200,000 to $35 million each.

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Roger Stone Convinced Trump to Hire Paul Manafort, Former Officials Say

Roger StoneRoger Stone, a former adviser and longtime friend of President Donald Trump, played a pivotal role in getting former campaign chairman Paul Manafort a job, three former Trump campaign officials told The Daily Beast.

Manafort, now the subject of a FBI investigation pertaining to alleged connections between Russian officials and Trump’s campaign, initially joined the campaign in April 2016. His role began with delegate operations, ensuring that the Republican National Convention went off without a hitch and ended in Trump securing the nomination. By May, Manafort was named the campaign chairman and by June, Trump’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was out.

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Leader Of Justice Department National Security Division On The Way Out

Mary McCord leaves post probing Russian election connectionThe woman leading the Justice Department's investigation of foreign meddling into the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has told staff members she will leave the department in May.

Mary B. McCord has served at the highest levels in the national security unit, either as its leader or chief deputy, for the past three years. A longtime federal prosecutor based in Washington, McCord easily won the confidence of both career lawyers and her supervisors inside the Justice Department.

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Trump blows his deadline on anti-hacking plan

Trump blows his deadline on anti-hacking probePresident-elect Donald Trump was very clear: “I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office,” he said in January, after getting a U.S. intelligence assessment of Russian interference in last year’s elections and promising to address cybersecurity.

Thursday, Trump hits his 90-day mark. There is no team, there is no plan, and there is no clear answer from the White House on who would even be working on what.

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Trump legal tab: $4 million and rising

Trump behind in campaign legal feesDuring his campaign, Donald Trump promised to pay the legal bills of supporters who beat up protesters at his rallies, but a POLITICO analysis found that Trump’s campaign hasn’t always paid its own legal bills in a timely or transparent fashion.

The analysis of court and campaign filings found that Trump’s campaign committee is still spending heavily to defend against ongoing civil lawsuits alleging assault, incitement, threats and other illegal behavior by the president, his supporters and staff. But in at least four ongoing cases, Trump’s campaign had yet to make a publicly disclosed payment to the law firms representing it, paid months late or paid in tiny amounts that don’t appear commensurate with the amount of work performed by the firms.

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