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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, right, and his lawyer walk away from the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, right, and his lawyer walk away from the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images)

Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, left Democrats disappointed on Thursday by refusing to answer some questions from the House Intelligence Committee, one of three congressional panels investigating Russian political interference.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff of Burbank, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said Lewandowski wouldn’t talk about several key episodes, including Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey in May 2017 and his reported discussions about firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Lewandowski also declined to answer questions about the drafting of an inaccurate statement last year on Air Force One about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower involving the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. 

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Paul Manafort and his wife enter federal court in Alexandria, Va., for his arraignment on Thursday.
Paul Manafort and his wife enter federal court in Alexandria, Va., for his arraignment on Thursday. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Paul Manafort Jr., no stranger to expensive duds, has something new to wear.

President Trump’s former campaign manager is facing two separate criminal trials — one in Washington and one in northern Virginia — so he has been ordered to wear two different monitoring bracelets to ensure he shows up for proceedings in both courthouses. 

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the decision Thursday when Manafort was arraigned on additional charges filed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Senators pushing legislation to roll back banking regulations instituted after the financial crisis are proposing changes to try to blunt liberal criticisms — and adding provisions for conservatives to assure House passage.

The bipartisan bill is focused on easing burdens on community and midsized banks put in place by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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President Trump said it was “a disgrace” that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned last month about federal agents’ planned immigration raids in the Bay Area. 

"What the mayor of Oakland did the other day was a disgrace," Trump said during wide-ranging remarks at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Trump said Schaaf’s alert to immigrants in the country illegally put law enforcement agents at risk. He again suggested that cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents and their enforcement actions should be forced to forfeit federal funds.


Deadlocked with Congress on an immigration issue that both parties say they support, President Trump has gone on the attack, blaming Democrats and further dimming the chances of agreement before November's elections to protect so-called Dreamers from deportation.

In a speech to Republican-friendly Latino business leaders on Wednesday, Trump said he wants to sign a law replacing the Obama-era program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — to allow up to 1.8 million young immigrants who are in the country illegally to stay, get work permits, attend college or serve in the military. The problem, he said, is Democrats.

President Trump is expected as early as Thursday to sign off on his controversial plan to slap stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, but in a surprise reversal the White House opened the door to exemptions for products from Canada, Mexico and other U.S. allies.

Carve-outs for certain countries from Trump's proposed double-digit duties would mark a retreat from the president's insistence earlier that the levy would be across the board.

During his California visit, President Trump will inspect border wall prototypes constructed in San Diego.
During his California visit, President Trump will inspect border wall prototypes constructed in San Diego. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

President Trump, the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to skip a visit to California in his initial year in office, finally will come to the Golden State on Tuesday to inspect prototypes for his proposed southern border wall, according to an administration official.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said Trump would visit next week. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to divulge internal planning, confirmed the president would spend Tuesday in the state with which he’s had the most fraught relationship.

The visit comes as the relationship between Trump and the Democratic state government has reached a new level of toxicity. Many residents consider California to be the center of resistance to Trump, and he has returned the sentiment, often criticizing the state— and suing it. The administration filed suit this week to enforce federal immigration actions.

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The White House said Mexico, Canada and other countries may be exempted from President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs under national security "carve-outs."

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday told reporters that the exemptions would be on a "case- by-case" and a "country-by-country" basis.

The openness to country exemptions is a reversal from the policy articulated by the White House just days ago that there would be no exceptions to Trump's plan to put in place 25% tariffs on imported steel and 10% on aluminum.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on President Trump, saying he was a balanced man and a great communicator. (Mar 7, 2018)

Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on President Trump on Wednesday, saying he was a balanced man and a great communicator.

“It’s possible to negotiate with him, to search for compromises,” Putin said in a wide-ranging interview aired on Russian television.

Putin, who briefly met Trump during two international summits last year, said the U.S. president during those encounters struck him as a man who listens and quickly understands complicated issues.

In the latest White House upheaval, President Trump's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, is stepping down after failing to dissuade the president from plans to impose sweeping tariffs on imported metals.

Cohn's resignation as director of the National Economic Council, a powerful agency with broad oversight over White House policy, suggests that Trump's plans to levy 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminum will be formalized shortly. That comes despite stern warnings from Cohn, congressional Republicans, businesses and foreign governments that such across-the-board tariffs could hurt the U.S. economy, drive up prices for American consumers and lead to a trade war.