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Frustrated by the failure of the Obamacare repeal in the Senate, President Trump on Saturday threatened to end federal subsidies for healthcare insurance – for Congress as well as the rest of the country.

Such a move could cause havoc and much higher premiums in insurance markets, since many low- and moderate-income people depend on those subsidies to help cover the cost of their policies. Through a series of administrative maneuvers by Congress and the Obama administration, members and their staffs also benefit from those subsidies.

Targeting congressional healthcare might score Trump some populist points with his base, but it would likely come at a cost of poisoning his relationship with Congress. Just making the threat on Saturday highlights how far things have eroded between Trump and top GOP lawmakers.

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President Trump tweeted Saturday that the Republicans effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is not dead.

A dramatically slimmed-down repeal bill failed early Friday in the Senate when three Republicans joined all Democrats and independents in voting against the measure.

In his tweet, Trump urged lawmakers to demand another vote before passing any other legislation.

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President Trump on Friday called for police and immigration officials to be “rough” with suspected gang members in order to rid the country of “animals” he said are terrorizing communities.

“Please don’t be too nice,” Trump told police recruits at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, a heavily Latino suburb of New York. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know the way you put their hand so they don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody … you can take that hand away.’’

He implied that he was satisfied with rough handling of suspects by the police. “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough,” he said.

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Seventeen Long Island slayings have been attributed to Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, an international gang that traces its roots to Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles.

Now the killings have become Exhibit A for the Trump administration in its crackdown against illegal immigration.

President Trump is due here Friday to address the subject, and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, visiting El Salvador this week, announced Thursday with his Salvadoran counterpart that prosecutors there had filed criminal charges against 113 MS-13 members.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.