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President Trump speaks at the National Rifle Assn. annual convention. Friday.
President Trump speaks at the National Rifle Assn. annual convention. Friday. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

President Trump made a specific link between the sanctity of the 2nd Amendment and Republicans' prospects in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Trump said at the National Rifle Assn. annual convention that the only thing that has prevented the elimination of the 2nd Amendment has been conservatives in Congress "willing to fight for those rights."

He claimed that Democrats want to "outlaw guns" and said if the nation takes that step, it might as well ban all vans and trucks because they are the new form of death for "maniac terrorists."

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Rudy Giuliani at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016.
Rudy Giuliani at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's new personal lawyer, is attempting to clarify some of his remarks about payments to porn star Stormy Daniels to silence her allegations she had an affair with Trump.

The former New York City mayor released a statement Friday in which he again emphasized his belief that the $130,000 payment made by Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen in 2016 to Daniels was not a campaign violation.

That is a judgment some legal experts have disputed.

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The labor market improved somewhat last month, adding a solid 164,000 net new jobs while the unemployment rate fell below 4% for the first time since 2000, the Labor Department said Friday.

President Trump and his new legal point man, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, are off to an explosive start together, admitting what Trump had only recently denied — that he reimbursed his personal lawyer for hush money paid to a porn actress before the election.

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President Trump on Friday disputed comments repeatedly made this week by his new personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, suggesting the president is questioning some of Giuliani’s detailed disclosures that Trump paid hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

“He started yesterday,” Trump mistakenly said of Giuliani, who started two weeks ago. “He’ll get his facts straight. He’s a great guy.”

Trump, speaking to reporters as he left for Dallas to speak to a National Rifle Association convention, said Giuliani agrees with him that the Justice Department’s investigations of Trump and his associates are a “witch hunt.” 

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to address this year’s National Rifle Assn. convention shortly after it opens Friday in Dallas.

Father Patrick J. Conroy.
Father Patrick J. Conroy. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

The embattled chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives has won his job back just hours after sending a scalding letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that accused a top Ryan aide of telling him "something like 'maybe it's time that we had a chaplain that wasn't a Catholic.'"

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, forced the Rev. Pat Conroy to tender his resignation last month, sparking a firestorm. Ryan has said he was dissatisfied with Conroy's pastoral care to lawmakers.

But in a statement Thursday, Ryan — himself a Catholic — reversed course.

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The Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain of the House of Representatives, delivers a message in Washington on June 13, 2016.
The Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain of the House of Representatives, delivers a message in Washington on June 13, 2016. (J. Scott Applewhite)

The embattled chaplain of the House of Representatives is seeking to withdraw his resignation in a caustic letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

The Rev. Patrick Conroy accuses a top Ryan aide of telling him “something like ‘maybe it's time that we had a chaplain that wasn't a Catholic.’”

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and a Catholic himself, forced Conroy to tender his resignation last month, sparking a firestorm. Ryan has said he was dissatisfied with Conroy's pastoral care to lawmakers. 

Rudolph W. Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.
Rudolph W. Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. (Carolyn Kaster)

President Trump did not know about a $130,000 payoff to an adult film actress who claimed she’d had a sexual affair with him even as he paid tens of thousands of dollars to the New York attorney who made the payments, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.

In April, Trump told reporters that he knew nothing of the $130,000 that his private attorney, Michael Cohen, paid to Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, 11 days before the 2016 election. Trump referred all questions to Cohen.

In Fox News interviews Wednesday night and again Thursday morning, Trump’s new outside attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, said Trump had reimbursed Cohen via a large monthly stipend beginning after the election.