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  • His schedule
  • Domestic policy
  • Voter fraud

President Trump ordered a voter fraud investigation Thursday, thrusting back into the spotlight an issue that few other Republican leaders want to tackle as he tries to divert attention from the controversy over his firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

The order adds a new chapter to an issue that has confounded many political observers. Without any evidence, Trump, in tweets and public statements for months after his campaign ended, charged massive voter fraud to explain rival Hillary Clinton’s winning the popular vote, inexplicably casting doubt on an election that he won in the electoral college.

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  • His schedule
  • Domestic policy

President Trump signed an executive order aimed at modernizing and improving the nation's computer networks.

Trump's homeland security advisor, Tom Bossert, said the order will help keep the United States safer from cybersecurity risks. Among the new requirements is that agency heads must be accountable for implementing risk management measures.

Trump pledged in late January to strengthen the government's ability to protect its computer networks, but then canceled plans to sign an executive order on cybersecurity without explanation.

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  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Politics and polls
  • James Comey

President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend his surprise firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, predicting he will eventually be praised for the move. 

  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Politics and polls
  • James Comey

The day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, President Trump made Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) the subject of a series of sharply critical tweets. It was not the first time Blumenthal has been a Trump target.

The president's criticism of Blumenthal, who was among the Democratic senators talking to the news media about the firing, was an expansion on a tweet he made in February. At that time, Trump questioned Blumenthal's credibility after the senator repeated remarks made to him by then-Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch. Blumenthal had recounted Gorsuch's criticism of Trump's attacks on judges. 

Couple of things to remember about that moment: Blumenthal said Gorsuch had said he was free to do so and a spokesman for Gorsuch confirmed the remark to reporters.

  • On the media
  • Insults

President Trump tweeted angrily in response to a CNN report Wednesday morning that pointed to Roger Stone, a controversial longtime ally, as being among those advising Trump to fire James B. Comey as FBI director. 

The Los Angeles Times spoke with Stone on Tuesday night. And, while he would not reveal the contents of his conversations with Trump, he certainly sounded happy. 

CNN, citing a source, said Stone told Trump that Comey should be fired. That would be significant. Not only is Stone known for pushing Trump's hardest political edges, but he is also frequently mentioned as a potential target in the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the election.

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  • Daily summary
A journalist looks at a copy of President Trump's termination letter to FBI Director James B. Comey in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Tuesday.
A journalist looks at a copy of President Trump's termination letter to FBI Director James B. Comey in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Tuesday. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His celebration of National Teacher Day
  2. A news report on a rise in manufacturing job openings
  3. Sen. Charles E. Schumer's reaction to his firing of FBI Director James B. Comey
  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Politics and polls
  • James Comey

Hours after he suddenly fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump took aim at Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Schumer said during a news conference that he'd told Trump he was making a "very big mistake."

"Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president?" Schumer asked. "They fired Director Comey, the very man leading the investigation.... This does not seem to be a coincidence."

  • On the media
  • The economy

President Trump shared a link to a Washington Examiner report on a rise in job openings and hiring in the manufacturing sector.

The goods-producing sector received a boost in recent months as rising oil prices helped reverse a long slump in mining and resource extraction. That industry increased its payrolls by 10,000 last month, roughly the same as in March. It was the sixth straight month of gains after two years of job losses for the sector.

But manufacturing job growth slowed in April. The sector added 6,000 jobs, down from 13,000 in March.

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  • Accolades

President Trump marked National Teacher Day by sharing a photo of the 2017 state Teachers of the Year, who visited the White House on April 26.

National Teacher Day has been observed during the first full week of May each year since 1985, according to the National Education Association.

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Former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee.
Former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. (Eric Thayer / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His congratulations to professional golfer John Daly
  2. His welcome to Georgia’s prime minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili
  3. The security clearance of his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn
  4. A call for senators holding a hearing on Russian election interference to ask former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates about the leak of information about Flynn
  5. His assertion that nothing new was revealed by Yates, or by former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, during their testimonies at the Senate hearing (an observation that was also enshrined in the header across the top of his Twitter page)
  6. His dismissal of allegations of collusion between members of his campaign team and Russians