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In a rare interview, President Trump called into Fox News on Saturday night to rail against Democrats, repeat his suggestion that teachers should be armed to prevent school shootings and to compliment his interviewer on her ratings. 

"I did look at your ratings over the last couple of weeks, and you're doing fantastically,” the president told Jeanine Pirro, a Fox News host, as their friendly interview drew to a close.

Trump spent more time blasting his political opponents, accusing Democrats of trying to protect the violent gang MS-13 and abandoning a program that had protected some immigrants from deportation. (In fact, Trump last year announced he was phasing out the program, known as  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, leaving the next steps up to the Republican-controlled Congress.)

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) with President Trump.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) with President Trump. (Michael Reynolds / EPA)

President Trump moved Friday to protect the GOP’s majority in the U.S. Senate by persuading a Republican challenger to drop out of the primary race against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.

Shortly after Trump tweeted that Danny Tarkanian, a staunch supporter of the president, should clear the way for Heller to run unopposed, Tarkanian did exactly that.

Heller is one of the nation’s most vulnerable Republican senators in a year when Trump’s unpopularity has imperiled many GOP incumbents.

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Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 25, 2014.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 25, 2014. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died.

Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee. She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led it from 2007 through 2010.

Hard on the heels of firing his secretary of State, President Trump is preparing another shake-up, moving toward replacing his national security advisor, H.R. McMaster.

The three-star Army general has been widely seen as a calming force in a chaotic West Wing, but never clicked with the commander in chief. A decision to replace him has long been rumored, and now seems increasingly imminent.

President Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of State probably augurs the end of the 2015 accord that has blocked Iran from building nuclear weapons, an agreement praised by world powers but detested by Trump — and by Pompeo, a notable hawk on the Islamic Republic.

Trump has set a May 12 deadline to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord unless European allies "fix" it, a prospect that appears unlikely. The president also has agreed to meet in May with Kim Jong Un to try to persuade the North Korean leader to surrender his already large nuclear arsenal, which seems even more remote.


A little more than a week after President Trump's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, quit in response to Trump's sweeping tariffs on imported metals, the White House announced a replacement who is similarly a staunch free-trader with experience on Wall Street and known for his hard-charging style.

What's different about Larry Kudlow, named Wednesday to be the new director of the National Economic Council, is that he shares the president's penchant for media promotion and, perhaps most important, has proved to be a loyal supporter and informal advisor from Trump's early days in the campaign.

President Trump was only out of Washington for 36 hours this week, for an overnight trip to California and, on Wednesday, to St. Louis. He returns to even more tumult than he'd left, largely the fallout of his own actions on his way out of town.

Besides creating heightened uncertainty throughout his top ranks about the standing of major advisors, even speculation about a purge, Trump also confronts elevated concerns in his party for its congressional majorities after Republicans apparently lost a special election in which he was an underlying issue.

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A lawyer for President Trump’s private business empire initiated a secret arbitration proceeding last month in an attempt to silence the porn actress who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007, documents show.

In papers marked “highly confidential,” Jill A. Martin, vice president and assistant general counsel of the Trump Organization, accused adult-film actress Stormy Daniels of breaking an October 2016 agreement that bars her from speaking about her relationship with Trump.

Martin’s role in the case is the newest piece of evidence that the Trump Organization was directly involved in both the $130,000 payment that Daniels received in return for her silence and in the effort to enforce the confidentiality agreement. It was first reported late Wednesday by CNN and the Wall Street Journal.

Economic analyst Larry Kudlow speaks on the set of CNBC in New York on March 8.
Economic analyst Larry Kudlow speaks on the set of CNBC in New York on March 8. (Bryan R. Smith / AFP/Getty Images)

Larry Kudlow on Wednesday accepted an offer from President Trump to head the White House’s National Economic Council, according to three people familiar with the decision.

Kudlow had been seen as the front-runner, but Trump formally offered Kudlow the job Wednesday to replace former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn, who resigned last week after losing a fight over imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Kudlow, 70, is described by White House officials as someone who connects with the president personally and politically. Kudlow, born and raised in New Jersey, shares with Trump a hard-charging personality and a fondness for being a media figure, and both have hosted television programs. Kudlow has also been an informal Trump advisor over the past year.

President Trump is rarely at a loss for words, but Stormy Daniels has left him virtually mute as she and her hard-charging lawyer filed a lawsuit and kicked up a storm of publicity over Trump's alleged extramarital affair with the porn actress.

It's a rare turn of roles for a president for whom almost nothing is off limits for personal commentary.

President Trump campaigning Saturday with Republican House candidate Rick Saccone
President Trump campaigning Saturday with Republican House candidate Rick Saccone (Jeff Swensen / Getty Images)

The most dangerous outcome for Republicans in Tuesday's special House election is not the prospect of a Democrat taking over one of their seats.

It was the shrugging off by voters of the party's biggest legislative achievement: the tax cut measure that Republicans hoped would be their major campaign message as they head toward a turbulent midterm election.

Though the popularity of Trump's tax plan has grown since it was passed last year, it seemed to have stalled as an election issue in Pennsylvania, leading Republicans to shift away from it late in the campaign in search of another topic to energize supporters of state legislator Rick Saccone.