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President Trump announced new efforts Thursday to use technology to improve veterans' healthcare.

Initiatives include using video technology and diagnostic tools to conduct medical exams. Veterans also will be able to use mobile devices to make and manage appointments with Veterans Administration doctors.

"We call it 'anywhere to anywhere' VA healthcare," Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Thursday.

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President Trump called Republican senators “fools” in a tweet last weekend, criticizing them for their inability to pass legislation — a charge his press secretary repeatedly echoed from the White House briefing room.

By Thursday morning, a day after he signed a sanctions bill penalizing Russia that ties his hands in a major area of foreign policy, Trump was again stewing.

While Trump regularly slaps Congress on Twitter and at partisan rallies, only a handful of Republicans on Capitol Hill confront him openly, given his continued popularity among conservative voters. But their frustration is palpable that in this first year — when a new president usually exerts maximum leverage — they have little to show for the fact that Republicans control the White House and Congress for the first time in more than a decade.

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President Trump called the Russia investigation "a total fabrication" and "an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics" at a rowdy rally Thursday soon after news broke that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III had convened a criminal grand jury.

Blaming Democrats even as the Justice Department special counsel has advanced his investigation, Trump said, "It just makes them feel better when they have nothing else to talk about."

He prompted an overflow crowd of supporters in a 9,000-capacity Huntington, W.Va., arena to chant "Lock her up!" and then paused to encourage their taunts at Hillary Clinton, his 2016 Democratic rival, just as he first did more than a year ago at the Republican convention that nominated him for president.

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An Army medic who "ran into danger" to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds became on Monday the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Trump, 48 years after the acts of bravery for which James McCloughan is now nationally recognized.

Trump recounted the ceremony Wednesday in a tweet.

McCloughan mouthed "thank you" Monday as Trump placed the distinctive blue ribbon holding the medal around his neck. As the president and commander in chief shook the former Army private first class’ hand, Trump said "very proud of you" and then pulled the former soldier into an embrace.

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President Trump denied Wednesday that he called the White House a "dump."

Trump responded on Twitter to an article posted Tuesday on the website golf.com. The story recounts a scene in which Trump was chatting with some club members at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. He reportedly told the members he visits the property so frequently because "that White House is a real dump."

Trump has spent nearly every weekend of his presidency visiting various properties he owns and leases, including Bedminster. He is expected to leave Friday on his first extended vacation from Washington since the inauguration — a 17-day getaway to the Bedminster club.

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President Trump is pushing forward with his promise of a harder line on legal immigration, endorsing a proposal to slash the number of immigrants admitted to the United States while favoring those with certain education levels and skills.

Trump announced his support for such an overhaul of immigration law during an event Wednesday at the White House with conservative Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

The changes proposed in their bill, called the RAISE Act, would be the "biggest change in 50 years" to the immigration system, Trump said, and reflect the administration's "compassion for struggling American families that deserve an immigrant system that puts their needs first."

President Trump tweeted about his meeting Tuesday with small business leaders at the White House.

During the event, titled "The Engine of the American Dream," Trump pledged to help small businesses by continuing to remove regulations and carrying out his administration's promise to overhaul the tax code, according to a post on the White House blog.

The event also featured a question-and-answer session moderated by Linda McMahon, leader of the Small Business Administration, and Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and advisor.

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President Trump shared a link to a New York Post report on his appearance the week before at a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio.

Trump's trip July 25 to Youngstown, a staunchly working-class, union-heavy enclave that has long helped anchor Democrats in Ohio, served as a welcome distraction from Washington for a president who loves to relive his once-unlikely election day win.

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The stock market has never been higher, and President Trump would like more people to pay attention.

Trump's tweet referred to the Dow Jones industrial average. The 18,000 figure he cited, though, was inaccurate: The Dow closed at 19,890.94 six months ago. It was at 18,332.74 on election day, which was nearly nine months ago. And analysts say it would be inaccurate to give Trump full credit for the market's records, at least those set during the last few months.

"Trump obviously is taking credit for a lot of this, as almost any president would do, but the things that affect the market right now aren't things that have been put in place over the last six months," said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at the Schwab Center for Financial Research.

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President Trump may be trying for a reset in the West Wing, but he is making clear that he is not changing his Twitter habit.

Trump's tweet came one day after retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly took over as Trump's new chief of staff. Tapped to bring order to the chaotic West Wing, Kelly quickly made his presence known Monday — ousting newly appointed communications director Anthony Scaramucci and revising the command structure so that all senior staffers report to him.

Those moves were praised Monday by Trump allies and lawmakers, who expressed hope that Kelly would help stem internal conflicts and advance a policy agenda after six months of tumult. But less clear is how much control Kelly will have over Trump's predilection for sowing conflict and making off-the-cuff comments on social media.