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  • Foreign policy

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged the Security Council on Wednesday to adopt the Trump administration's comprehensive approach to Iran and address all aspects of its "destructive conduct" — not just the 2015 nuclear deal.

She told the U.N. council that Iran "has repeatedly thumbed its nose" at council resolutions aimed at addressing Iranian support for terrorism and regional conflicts and has illegally supplied weapons to Yemen and Hezbollah militants in Syria and Lebanon.

"Worse, the regime continues to play this council," Haley said. "Iran hides behind its assertion of technical compliance with the nuclear deal while it brazenly violates the other limits of its behavior, and we have allowed them to get away with it."

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  • Accolades

President Trump, who has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks, isn't rushing to survey the damage from Northern California's wildfires.

The president has no immediate plans to visit the state to inspect the aftermath of the fires, which have killed at least 42 people and destroyed thousands of homes, becoming the deadliest and most destructive series of blazes in California's history.

Trump retweeted a tweet on Wednesday from Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, who has been touring the region this week. Trump wrote:

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President Trump called on Congress to pass his tax plan Wednesday in tweets hailing the proposed cuts as "the largest ... in U.S. history."

The proposal, which still lacks specific legislation, calls for a large cut to the corporate tax rate, reducing it from 35% to 20%, and an end to the estate tax.

Trump frequently overstates the plan's size. It is, at most, fifth largest in its estimated cost, said Marc Goldwein, senior vice president and policy director at the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. It could well end up being even lower on the ladder historically.

  • Insults
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After facing criticism for not calling the families of four soldiers who died in combat, President Trump reached out to one of the widows Tuesday and said her husband "knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens it hurts anyway," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).

The call between Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, lasted about five minutes, according to accounts that Wilson provided to local media

Wilson, a friend of the family, was in the car for the call, which happened before the fallen soldier's remains arrived at Miami International Airport.

  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
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A day after President Trump gave his blessing to a short-term fix to stabilize the insurance market under the Affordable Care Act, he appeared to backtrack with pointed criticism Wednesday of the deal.

Trump singled out the chief negotiator of the accord, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the affable chairman of the Senate Health Committee, who negotiated the two-year agreement with the panel's top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

For the past two days, Trump has spoken publicly about the need for a temporary measure to curb rising premiums. Prices are expected to spike after Trump announced his decision to eliminate some federal subsidies to insurers under Obamacare. 

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At the close of the league’s fall meetings Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated what he has said all along: Players should stand for the national anthem, but the league is not changing its rules to make that a requirement.

That the league did not make standing for the anthem mandatory did not escape the notice of the president, who Wednesday morning tweeted:

Asked about Trump’s tweet, New York Giants co-owner John Mara smiled wearily and sarcastically said: “I’m shocked.”

  • On the media
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  • Fox News

President Trump commented on a poll showing that 46% of registered voters believe that major news organizations fabricate stories about Trump and his administration.

"It is actually much worse than this!" Trump tweeted Wednesday, tagging Fox News' Twitter handle in his message.

The poll was conducted by Morning Consult for Politico this month.

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President Trump on Wednesday hailed a pair of Fox News reports highlighting the strength of the economy and gains in the U.S. war against terrorism.

The first was a report on stock market milestones that aired on Fox Business Network.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23,000 points Wednesday for the first time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite also finished at record highs.

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President Trump took his tax sales pitch to a conservative think tank Tuesday evening, arguing his plan would be a boon to the economy, boosting growth and jobs.

"Let's give our country the best Christmas present of all: massive tax relief," Trump told the annual meeting of the Heritage Foundation's President's Club.

Trump also used his appearance to argue that the United States should celebrate and preserve its history, "not tear it down." He pointed to a movement to take down Confederate statues and other symbols of the country's divisive past, which have sparked protests and backlash.

  • Immigration
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President Trump tweeted a video Tuesday that showed prototypes of his proposed border wall taking shape at a construction site in San Diego.

Companies have until Oct. 26 to finish the models, but Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said the last two have come into profile, with crews installing a corrugated metal surface on the eighth model on a dirt lot just a few steps from homes in Tijuana.

Trump has asked Congress for $1.6 billion to replace 14 miles of wall in San Diego and build 60 miles in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.