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President Trump announced on Twitter that he has replaced Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff after weeks of turmoil in the West Wing.

Retired Gen. John Kelly, head of the Department of Homeland Security, will replace Preibus, Trump said.

Priebus had been feuding with Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's incoming communications director, who in recent days implied that Priebus was responsible for some of the leaks from within the White House.

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  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

Here's what President Trump had to say shortly after the healthcare bill failed in the Senate

He was back on Twitter in the morning to add more, focusing on the legislative process: 

Senators early Friday narrowly rejected a dramatically slimmed-down Obamacare repeal bill, even after being promised by GOP leaders that the measure would never actually become law.

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  • Healthcare
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  • Politics and polls

President Trump tweeted another push for Senate Republicans to pass healthcare legislation.

The tweet was strikingly similar to a message Trump sent about 15 hours earlier in which he wrote, "Come on Republican Senators, you can do it on Healthcare. After 7 years, this is your chance to shine!"

Trump's tweet late Thursday came minutes after Senate Republicans introduced their last-ditch effort to advance the GOP's Obamacare repeal campaign, a "skinny" bill they don't want to become law but hope to use as a vehicle for further negotiations with the House.

  • On the media
  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Fox News

President Trump quoted a Fox News reporter in a tweet in which he appeared to cast doubt on investigations into suspected Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion among members of Trump's campaign team.

Trump appeared to refer to a report from Fox's Catherine Herridge previewing financier Bill Browder's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Browder, who persuaded Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act in 2012, was expected to provide insight into the workings of Russian government-sanctioned "disinformation" campaigns during his testimony Thursday. The Senate committee is conducting one of several congressional investigations into Russia's alleged interference in last year's presidential election.

  • On the media
  • Insults
  • Fox News

Fox News Channel ran a full-page advertisement in the New York Times on Thursday, blurbing a recent review in the newspaper that called the "Fox & Friends" morning show "the most powerful TV show in America."

Television critic James Poniewozik's review wasn't exactly complimentary, as it traced the show's close relationship with President Trump.

Trump, and by extension many Fox News viewers, generally don't look kindly at the New York Times. The three hosts of "Fox & Friends" held up newspapers with the ad clearly visible at the top of their show on Thursday.

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  • Immigration
  • Domestic policy

President Trump touted his administration's progress in removing from the United States "MS-13 gang members and gang members in general."

Trump's tweet came two days after his administration strengthened its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, announcing a new policy that says local governments will lose some federal grants if they do not give advance notice when immigrants who are in the country illegally are about to be released from custody, and if they do not give immigration agents access to local jails.

“This is what the American people should be able to expect from their cities and states, and these long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer," U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the new policy.

  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump presented the Medal of Valor on Thursday to five law enforcement officers who responded to a shooting at a congressional baseball practice last month that seriously wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).

The honorees were U.S. Capitol Police Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and Alexandra, Va., police officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe and Alexander Jensen.

They received a standing ovation when they entered the East Room at the White House. Griner, who was among those injured in the confrontation, stood on crutches as Trump draped the medal around her neck.

  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) planned for an all-night session Thursday to consider a slew of amendments to a new bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act, President Trump pushed Republicans to reach a conclusion.

With just hours to go until voting could begin on the new Republican bill, GOP senators emerged from another strategy session Thursday afternoon with no agreement on what that plan should be.

Several Republican lawmakers sounded increasingly downbeat about the prospects for the so-called skinny repeal, a streamlined version to scale back the 2010 healthcare law, often called Obamacare.

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President Trump got another chance Wednesday to connect with young people after a widely panned political speech to Boy Scouts this week. But he couldn't part company without bringing up his victory in the presidential election nearly nine months ago.

"Think of the amazing moments in history you will witness during your lifetime," Trump told scores of high school juniors participating in the American Legion Boys Nation and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation leadership programs.

"But you saw one on Nov. 8, right? That was a pretty amazing moment," he said, referring to his electoral upset over Hillary Clinton.

  • Accolades
  • The economy

President Trump celebrated an announcement from Foxconn, the Taiwanese maker of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, that it will build its first American factory in Wisconsin, a sprawling campus to produce liquid-crystal display panels, that would represent one of the largest investments by a foreign company in the United States.

The factory is expected to add 3,000 to 13,000 direct jobs and amount to a $10-billion investment, a move that will boost President Trump’s credentials in his pledged goal to bring more overseas jobs back to the U.S.

“We are committed to creating great jobs for American people,” Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said at a news conference at the White House on Wednesday attended by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.