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President Trump wished the public a happy National Farmers Day on Thursday in a tweet.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also marked the holiday with tweets branded #ThankAFarmer.

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  • Domestic policy

President Trump drew a sharp and dismayed backlash Thursday from Democratic lawmakers, activists and many Puerto Ricans with his threat to limit federal and military help in the hurricane-battered U.S. territory, where aid workers are warning of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

More than three weeks after Hurricane Maria raked the island, some 85% of residents remain without power, with nearly half of its 3.4-million population lacking running water.

Food and basic supplies remain scarce in the mountainous interior, waterborne diseases pose a growing threat and many hospitals are in dire circumstances. Deaths attributed to the storm stand at 45, but the number is expected to rise.

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  • Healthcare
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President Trump moved Thursday to scale back rules on health insurance across the country in the administration’s most ambitious effort to date to use its regulatory powers to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

The controversial new executive order Trump issued aims to open the way for a greater number of relatively cheap health plans that could offer skimpier coverage than allowed under the healthcare law, often called Obamacare.

The move will “provide millions of Americans with Obamacare relief,” Trump said as he formally released the order at the White House. The changes will “increase competition, increase choice and increase access to lower-priced, high-quality healthcare options.”

  • Domestic policy

President Trump announced Wednesday that the federal government will send $1 million to Las Vegas to help pay law enforcement costs related to the Oct. 1 mass shooting.

Trump tweeted that the grant will help pay for overtime logged by law enforcement officers after a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more.

The Justice Department said the grant will come from emergency response funds within the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not requiring players to stand for the national anthem before games, despite what others — including President Trump — might think.

That’s the message coming from the league Wednesday, the day after Goodell sent a letter to all 32 teams on the topic of the national anthem.

"Commentary this morning about the commissioner's position on the anthem is not accurate," the NFL said in a statement Wednesday. "As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.… Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together."

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President Trump advertised his interview with Sean Hannity in tweets sent Wednesday.

The interview was conducted before a rally at the Harrisburg, Pa., airport, and broadcast on Fox later in the evening.

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President Trump is charging that congressional Democrats "want MASSIVE tax increases & soft, crime producing borders."

Trump said Wednesday in a series of tweets that Republicans will press for "the biggest tax cut in history & the WALL," a reference to the U.S.-Mexico border wall that Trump has long pushed.

Trump frequently overstates the size of his tax plan. It is, at most, fifth largest in its estimated cost, said Marc Goldwein, senior vice president and policy director at the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. It could well end up being even lower on the ladder historically.

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President Trump pitched his tax plan as a boost for truckers at an event Wednesday in Pennsylvania, saying, "America first means putting American truckers first."

Trump appeared before about a thousand cheering people at an airplane hangar dramatically draped with American flags. Two big rigs were in the background.

"It will be rocket fuel for our economy," Trump said of a plan that would dramatically cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 20%, reduce the number of personal income tax brackets and boost the standard deduction.

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President Trump, who has threatened press freedoms before, suggested Wednesday that NBC might lose its broadcast licenses following critical stories detailing his behavior.

NBC reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "moron" and nearly quit the administration out of concern for Trump's behavior and policy. The network followed up Wednesday with a report on what had prompted the "moron" comment.

Tillerson made the comment after a July 20 meeting of top national security leaders at which Trump advocated a near-tenfold increase in the nation's nuclear arsenal, questioning why he lacked the stockpile that U.S. presidents had during the height of the Cold War, the network reported. The United States has since entered into numerous treaties and other legally binding agreements to slow the nuclear arms race.

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President Trump promoted a book called "The Art of the Donald" in a tweet on Tuesday.

The book purports to offer "motivational self-help advice" gleaned from Trump's life. It was written by Christopher Bedford, a senior editor at conservative news and opinion website the Daily Caller. Bedford also regularly appears as a political commentator on Fox News.

Trump's tweet on the topic came less than a half-hour after Bedford appeared on "Fox & Friends" to promote the book, according to Media Matters.