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  • Healthcare
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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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  • Insults
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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.”

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  • 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.

  • Foreign policy
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  • Terrorism
  • Fox News

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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  • The economy

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.

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  • Immigration
  • Foreign policy

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.

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  • The economy

President Trump dispatched a pair of celebratory tweets on Tuesday as the Dow Jones industrial average hit a new milestone.

The Dow briefly climbed above the 23,000 mark for the first time, settling just below the milestone. Slight gains nudged the Dow and Standard & Poor's 500 indexes to new highs for the second straight day this week.

Healthcare companies posted some of the biggest gains after UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson reported strong earnings. News of a plan backed by the White House that would extend federal payments to health insurers also gave the sector a boost. Banks and other financial stocks declined the most. Packaged food and beverage companies were also big laggards.

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President Trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar withdrew from consideration Tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in weakening the government's power to combat the nation's opioid epidemic.

Trump posted a tweet Tuesday morning announcing that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) had withdrawn his name from consideration.

Trump said Monday that “we’re going to be looking into” the actions of Marino, who was one of Trump's early boosters in Pennsylvania, a key state.

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President Trump on Tuesday said Democrats would be to blame for any future rise in health insurance premiums.

Prices were expected to spike after Trump announced his decision to eliminate some federal subsidies to insurers under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. 

But in his tweet, Trump faulted Democrats for providing "a 'product' that never had a chance of working" when they passed Obamacare.

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President Trump reaffirmed the United States' commitment to Greece's economic recovery at the White House on Tuesday, a meeting that allowed the country's prime minister to brush aside rough comments he made about Trump during the 2016 campaign.

Trump, joining with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said Greece had "gone through a lot" during its extended period of economic hardships, but vowed that the U.S. would remain steadfast as the country executes its debt-relief plan.

"The American people stand with the Greek people as they recover from the economic crisis that recently afflicted their nation," Trump said alongside Tsipras in the Rose Garden. He added: "A strong and flourishing Greece provides immense opportunity for American trade, investment and job creation."